Masala Podcast – S 2, Ep 5 -Rape in South Asian Culture

Masala Podcast
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Masala Podcast - S 2, Ep 5 -Rape in South Asian Culture

“Women are taught to carry shame & honour for their families.”

In this episode, I speak with Leesa Gazi, the director of a critically acclaimed and highly impactful film about survivors of rape in Bangladesh during the war, who are now in their 70’s and 80s. Leesa stayed with the women, connected with them and discussed their experiences – and has now turned this into an empathetic and impactful film.

Leesa and I discuss:

• How patriarchal attitudes in the culture prevent rape victims from coming forward
• The horror and impact of rape on women and young girls in South Asian communities
• How the burden of “honour” & “shame” are attached exclusively to women in South Asian culture



Leesa Gazi is a Bangladeshi-born British writer, actor, filmmaker and Joint Artistic Director of a London based arts company Komola Collective. She is the concept developer, co-writer and performer of the theatre production Birangona: Women of War, which she later developed into the documentary film Rising Silence, which has won multiple international awards. The film sheds light on the lives of rape survivors of the Liberation War of Bangladesh.


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