The Poison Thorn revolves around the narratives of three rape survivors of Liberation War on 1971 of Bangladesh. Their voices have been resurrected from the agony of silence. This film witnesses the expressions of a collective trauma of war and its effects on women. As the pain and `stigma' of rape kept haunting them long after liberation, they felt that even though the war had ended, another one had begun in their personal lives. Women who fought and survived rape are still struggling to gain a respectable existence in society. They are Birangonas--War heroines-- yet they have to fight everyday for social approval. Ranjita Mandal blames patriarchy; Halima Khatun accuses the state, Rama Choudhury negates the idea of violence. They speak to break a silence after long forty three years and through their voices a new part of our history and identity comes into light.
Directors: Farzana Boby
Writers: Farzana Boby
Producers: Khona Talkies, Farzana Boby, Monjurul Islam