On Tuesday, the BBC released this year’s list of the world’s 100 most inspiring and influential women. And in that list, former American first lady Michelle Obama has been included in the list of influential women, Bangladeshi filmmaker, writer and activist for the rights of disabled people Jannatul Ferdous.
Jannatul is an activist for the rights of disabled people. She is the founder of Voices and Views, an organization that fights for the rights of burnt women.
But Jannatul is better known as a filmmaker to friends and relatives. He has produced five short films. He also has three published novels. Moreover, he inspires the disabled people in the society with great storytelling to make them aware.
Jannatul has been fighting for his life with burns for almost 26 years. In 1997, 60 percent of her veil caught fire while cooking. The face, the upper part of the body is burnt and deformed. Still Jannatul survived. About 50 surgeries were required, including skin grafts.
With the help of family and friends, Jannatul did her Masters in English Literature from Eden Women’s College as an irregular (private) student. Passed LLB. He did his Masters in Development Studies from BRAC University. Did various short courses on film. But in Jannatul’s words, his studies were to understand good films and to be good viewers.