Gurudasi Mondol gave herself up to madness in 1971, during the Liberation
War of Bangladesh, as she watched her entire family being killed by the collaborators
of the occupying forces.
Thirty years later, Gurudasi continues to roam the streets of Kopilmoni, a
small-town in rural Bangladesh, in quest of all she has lost; snatching at
will from strangers and breaking into spaces normally reserved for men. She
is unafraid of authority and scorns it.
In her madness, she has found a strategy for survival.
Kopilmoni, Gurudasi has attained near legendary status. Through her indomitable
presence, she has kept alive the spirit of the Liberation War. (2003,
* Golden Conch, International Competition, Mumbai International
Film Festival, India, 2004
* Special Mention of the Jury, Documenta Madrid, 2004
* Special Mention, Documentary Films, 7th Zanzibar International Film Festival,
Yasmine Kabir is an independent filmmaker
living in Bangladesh. Her previous films include DIRECT-DIRECT (2003), MY
MIGRANT SOUL (2000) and A
MOTHER'S LAMENT (1999).
Copresented by EKTA at
3rd I's San Francisco International
South Asian Film Festival
Sat Nov 13: Castro Theatre
Sun Nov 14: Roxie Cinema
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