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DVD Title Life is still not ours: a story of Chittagong Hill Tracts
Source Georgia Guldan
KeyWord Directed by: Arnab Dewan Released Year: 12 August, 2014; Run Time: 60 minutes
Short Description The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) is a region located in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, bordering Myanmar to the south and south-east, and India to the north, north-east and north-west. Today, CHTs consists of three hill districts – Khagrachari, Rangamati and Bandarban. For centuries, CHTs has been home to over eleven distinct groups of indigenous peoples. They continue to live in close conformity with their ancestral ways of life maintaining their individual identities, languages, cultures and beliefs. Since British colonization (in 1860) to date CHTs and its people have been subject to repeated exploitation. Colonial oppression (1860 – 1947), state hegemony & forced displacement (1947 – 1971) and militarization with two decades of civil war (1975 onwards). To put an end to the conflict, a Peace Accord was signed on December 2, 1997. 15 years have passed since the signing of the Peace Accord. However, failure to implement the central clauses of the Peace Accord by the Bangladesh Government has resulted in renewed violence, violation of mass human rights, rampant land grabbing and forced displacement of the native population from their ancestral lands. With this backdrop, this film is an attempt to weave together the complex history of this region featuring expert commentaries. It explores the historical development of the region from the British period and how it has led to today’s struggles.

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