“Dear Mujizah” is a three minutes long short video made by Sharmin Chowdury on the UNESCO World Heritage site “Shait Gambuj Mosque” in Bagherhat, Bangladesh. This documentary has won second place in the Heritage Minutes short video contest -2021, organized by Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF),an umbrella youth organization from the Member-States of the Organization of Islamic-Cooperation (OIC).
A total of 57 videos were submitted from 57 countries to this contest. Two videos from Bangladesh were shortlisted for the best five videos out of 57. One video has secured the second place.
The narrative of this video explores some important details about the historic “Shait Gambuj Mosque”. “Shait”-this spelling has been used in the video. That’s why I am also using the same spelling. The story goes on in the form of a letter written to the six months old daughter of Sharmin Chowdury. The name of her daughter is Mujizah. Hence the title “Dear Muzijah”. As we find in the video, Sharmin Chowdury is introducing and orienting her daughter with the Shait Gambuj Mosque visiting the mosque itself. The focus of this contest was to bring forward different Islamic and cultural heritages from different countries around the world.
This three minute long video provides a lot of information about this historic site. The mosque was originally called Shait Khamba Mosque instead Shait Gambuj Mosque as it has sixty pillars not sixty domes. It has as many as 81 domes. Along with this information you will also get information about Khan Jahan Ali who built this mosque. To get more information you must want to watch the video itself-
The making of the video is good. I am not allowed to say more than these words. As I have very limited knowledge on cinematography and videography. I have an acute sense of fascination for history and heritage. That’s why this video contest caught my attention.
I like the way how the information is being delivered and passed on to the later and younger generation from the older generation. In this case from a mother to a daughter. There are many instances in literature where letters have been written to pass down the knowledge of either father or someone else to the daughter or son or somebody. You might recall the letters written to Indira Gandhi from her father Jawaharlal Nehru. The name of the book is “Letters from a Father to His Daughter”.
I liked the way the video starts. The video starts with a quote from the book The Alchemist written by Paulo Coelho. Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite authors. You all must have heard about him and this book. The quote implies that we should always try to get better than what we are and were. When we get better everything else also gets better.
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
Knowing our history and heritage will definitely make us better. Know your history, heritage and ancestry.