A half-century of commitment.
And a status report on the political and humanitarian adventure begun by Bernard-Henri Lévy in East Pakistan in 1971.
Answering the call of André Malraux, the young graduate joins the Mukti Bahini to fight for the independence of what is now Bangladesh.
We went back, cameras in hand, to film improbable reunions and discoveries from half a century ago, to document the inhumanity of the slums of Dhaka, and to reveal the solidarity and dignity of the Rohingya as they struggle to survive against staggering odds in the world’s largest refugee camp.
Rupnagar shantytown, still…
A resident of Jessore, veteran of the fight for the independence of Bangladesh, calls out to Bernard-Henri Lévy. He remembers a young man wearing a yellow jacket who came over to defend the struggle for a free Bengal against the oppression of the Pakistani army. That young man was no other than Bernard-Henri Lévy.
Bernard-Henri Lévy returns to in the room he had occupied in Dhaka.
Still in Jessore…
Bernard-Henri Lévy with refugees from Cox’s Bazar camp.
The plight of the children in the Cox’s Bazar camp echoes the tragic fate of other neglected children in Bangladesh, exploited in the textile factories.
Portrait of a woman refugee at Cox’s Bazar camp, by Marc Roussel
Last stop of the report, on the road to Chittagong.