2nd International Film Festival in New York

2nd International Film Festival audience

New York Film Center organized their 2nd International Film Festival in Jackson Heights from June 19 to 21, 2014. The event was held in the afternoons. Fourteen films – three feature-length and eleven shorts – were screened at the event. Out of them, eleven from Bangladesh, one from India, one from Sri Lanka, and one … Read more…

Bangla Festival & Book Fair in NYC

International Bangla Festival & Book Fair, NYC

Muktadhara Foundation organized a 3-day long International Bangla Festival & Book Fair at the William Cullen Bryant High School of Long Island City from June 13 to 15, 2014. According to the organizer, it was their 23rd Bangla Book Fair. The fair was attended by many people, mostly of Bangladeshi origin. Some attendees were from West … Read more…

From Google Doodle to clean water in Bangladesh

Doodle 4 Google winner Audrey Zhang

From Google Doodle to clean water in Bangladesh? Well, yes, sometimes it is unexpected but not impossible in today’s so much connected world – as long as someone is thinking and dreaming big to do just that! 11-year old Audrey Zhang of New York is the winner of 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition. She won … Read more…

Searching for the Bangladesh Society

Searching for the Bangladesh Society

The other day, as a member of a group, I received an email, stating that on the eve of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, New York City Comptroller’s office decided to honor the following honorees: Dil Afroz “Nargis” Ahmed, President, Bangladesh Society Tiloma Jayasinghe, Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women Grace Lyu-Volckhausen, … Read more…

A Woman’s War: Bangladesh

Elizabeth D. Herman is a New York based freelance photographer and researcher. Since 2010, she has been working on a photography and oral history project called, ‘A Woman’s War‘ – which documents the lives of women engaged in recent conflicts worldwide, as well as their struggle for justice, rights, and their identity as female fighters. … Read more…

Bangladesh: Nine Photographers

Photographs from Bangladesh

t was a very cold and windy night when Eyes on Bangladesh started their opening reception of photo exhibition of Bangladeshi Photographers yesterday in New York City. But that all felt nice and warm once I was in front of those photographs! Sometime people’s life, day-to-day events, ordinary places, mundane time do not make sense … Read more…

William Ouderland – A ‘Bir Protik’ From A Distant Land

William A.S. Ouderland

William A.S. Ouderland (1917-2001) was a Dutch-Australian commando officer who actively took part in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. He was awarded the fourth highest gallantry award, the Bir Protik, by the government of Bangladesh. He is the only foreigner to receive this honorary award. I was wondering about him for a while…found some … Read more…