November 2005

First Grassroots Educational Video Festival in Bangladesh, 23-30 August, 2005

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Black scenes
Countrywide 459 blasts in 63 districts within 30 minutes at  August 17, 2005  has made a black scene in history of Bangladesh. This terrorism mostly involve misguided grassroots youth who are innocent belivers and have no clear concept about the modern world, faith and life style. General finding is that this incidence is not the cause but the reselt. It happened because we could not educate and train the youth generation as universal minded as to encounter fanaticism, hateism and prejudices at last to ignorance. The grassroots reality is that majority of rural people don't have minimum access to basic life information; the youth and children grow up without knowing and live high risk of invisible conflict (sometime exposed) of HIV as well as other degradation of human values.

In Bangladesh, the mainstream media events are mostly held in cities and are arranged aacoding to the city people like and demand, with commercial and entertainment approach. Here majority grassroots people are back of scenes, or, in some case represented as hero of disaster, poverty and literacy. This steriotypic presentation also have been damely followed by the international media which together influences negatively and abstract the development process. Along with the negative aspects every society has positive cultural power and historical heritage which can advance and unite the whole nation unpresidently. Mostly media forget this sense while representing lives and stories of developing countries like Bangladesh. Power of culture and communal spirit can easily rise up by proper media presentation that can procede us despartely towards true freedom, peace, unity and happiness breaking through all the borders.


Credit: Shahjahan Siraj/UnnayanNet

The idea of the 'Grassroots Video Festival' came from the vision to involve and inspire the rural people particularly the grassroots youth leaders and children. The motivation of the festival is to convey basic information which are not mentioned in the text book for 'new leadership development'. The theme of the festival was 'Unite Us' which comes from the patriotic slogan, 'Unity Saving the People, Unity Saving the Nation'. 

The festival
With huge participation of the students and youth, Bangladesh 1st Grassroots Educational Video Festival

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