Drik won the Asia Publishing Award for “Birth Pangs of a Nation” in the “Best Insights into Asian Societies (Non-Fiction) Category” at a Gala award ceremony in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, today, 30 November, 2012.
The book and the film “The Birth Pangs of a Nation” was produced in 2011 to celebrate 40 years of Bangladesh’s turbulent history and to present a visual map of the birth of a nation. The story poignantly unfolds through images by some of the finest photojournalists in the world and personal interviews of photographers, freedom fighters, refugees and care givers. Some of the photographers have long since passed away. Those who are alive recall events as each experienced it, from a particular vantage point. All this made it a unique compilation that adds to the rich fabric of the history of the country.
Drik in accepting the award dedicated it to the “the brave and courageous people portrayed in this book and the twenty photographers from Bangladesh, France, India, UK and USA who themselves took risks to document the events.”
“The Bangladeshi War of Liberation, like all other wars, has a contested history,” said Shahidul Alam, editor of the book. “The number killed, the number raped, the number displaced, are all figures that change depending upon who tells the story. But the visual record is a testament to the resilience, the powerful spirit and dignity of the people who were caught in this.”
“It is our wish that the younger generation will be inspired by the powerful spirit and courage of the people of Bangladesh,” Alam said.
Coming after 40 years, we remember them today, with both a tear and a smile.
Drik thanks the Asia Publishing Committee for the recognition; UNHCR Bangladesh for their support in this endeavor aand the core team and many others who contributed to the production of this book.
For more about the book and a selection of images : http://drik.net/the-birth-pangs-of-a-nation/
See also: http://drik.net/