MOTHER TONGUE

This is a story about a man who risked his life to save his culture, his heritage, his language. He is now grandfather to my children and like many immigrants whose children and grandchildren do not embrace or even learn their mother tongue, he is heart broken that the sacrifices made to save his language are not appreciated or understood by the younger generation.
This is a common story for many immigrants. We are lost in translation.
As a young man in Bangladesh, grandfather was working as a journalist when a group of students actively organized and resisted Pakistan ‘s attempts to force all Bengalis to speak Urdu.  This fight over the language between Bangladesh and Pakistan grew into a civil war in 1971 and 3 million people died.
Now, more than 40 years later he is wondering what the fight was all about when his own grandchildren cannot understand him.

DIRECTED BY Md Nadim Iqbal  |  PRODUCED BY Md Nadim Iqbal

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