Shows: August 15, 2011

Photo for 'UK Riots: Birmingham'
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The Life and Work of Tareque Masud

One of Bangladesh's biggest names in film - director Tareque Masud - was killed in a road accident in Bangladesh on Saturday, along with journalist Mishuk Munier, two members of their production crew, and the driver of their vehicle.

Writer and artist Naeem Mohaiemen joins us to talk about Masud's life and the impact he had on film in Bangladesh.

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Naeem also translated one of Tareque Masud's songs, which you can hear at the end of this segment:

Crop from poor peopleís war
Words: Tareque Masud
Vocals: Shah Alam Dewan & Momtaj Begum

My soul cries and cries
Tears keep coming
The crop of poor peopleís war
Ends up in the rich manís home


Did the country become independent
only through song?
The farmerís son fought
And his daughter died

Those who gave all to make us free
They starve to death today

My soul cries and cries
Tears keep coming
The crop of poor peopleís war
Ends up in the rich manís home

When you were chased from cities
And came to our villages
Poor people sheltered you and took care of you
Now city man do you remember any of that

My soul cries and cries
Tears keep coming
The crop of poor peopleís war
Ends up in the rich manís home

Some lost father brother
Some their mother
Some lost eye hand
Some lost feet

The one-legged freedom fighter
Drives a ricksha today


My soul cries and cries
Tears keep coming
The crop of poor peopleís war
Ends up in the rich manís home

Leader Minister MP Bureaucrat
All the big officers
Why does your Sacrificing worker
Never get a moment from you

The opportunist looks for his chance
Through the strength of that Mujib Coat


My soul cries and cries
Tears keep coming
The crop of poor peopleís war
Ends up in the rich manís home


Fighting and snatching about who owns the war
Was the war fought by intellectuals
Or the Military?
What about the rest of us, brother
Were we sitting at home?


My soul cries and cries
Tears keep coming
The crop of poor peopleís war
Ends up in the rich manís home

Fighting over medals and Promotions
Who had the mike, whose contribution was more
These are the fights
That consume the lives of you gentlemen

Poor people lost their home
Had to leave everything
Next door this gentleman
Didnít even lose his job

And that same gentleman is the big leader
And that same gentleman is the big leader
Building giant building

My soul cries and cries
Tears keep coming
The crop of poor peopleís war
Ends up in the rich manís home

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SALGA and the India Day Parade

After participating in New York's annual India Day Parade early in the last decade, the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association of New York (SALGA) was excluded from marching again in the parade until 2010. SALGA will once again participate this year in this weekend's parade, and tonight we hear from current and former members of SALGA about the organization's inclusion, exclusion, and re-inclusion in the parade.

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UK Riots: Birmingham

Last week in England saw the burning and looting of commercial areas throughout the country. What started as a peaceful protest against the shooting of a man by police under questionable circumstances descended into chaos in the London area of Tottenham. The violence and looting quickly spread to other parts of the city and eventually the country. One of the cities affected was Birmingham, where on Wednesday the 17th, three British Asian youth were killed when they were struck by a speeding car. The three men had been part of a larger group protecting their community from looters. Two people - one adult and one minor - have been apprehended and charged with murder for the crime.

We are joined by Mukhtar Dar, the artistic director at The Drum, a center in Birmingham dedicated to developing and promoting contemporary art and culture of British African, Asian and Caribbean communities.

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Tareque Masud: More from Naeem Mohaiemen

Naeem Mohaiemen edited our interview with him to include more songs from Masud's films.

All 3 songs are from the soundtrack of "Muktir Kotha" (Words of Freedom), a film by Tareque & Catherine Masud

"September on Jessore Road" (original poem by Allen Ginsberg), sung by Moushumi Bhowmik

"Muktijuddher Shongram Charbo Na" (I won't give up the battle for liberation), lyrics & sung by Shah Bangali

"Juddher Foshol Uthlo Dhonir Ghore" (poor man's war crop in the rich man's house), lyrics T Masud, sung by Shah Alam Dewan & Mamtaj Begum

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