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Leesa Gazi is a writer, actor, award-winning filmmaker and Joint Artistic Director of a London based arts company, Komola Collective. She was the script-writer and performer of 'Six Seasons' and 'A Golden Age' at the Southbank Centre. She worked as a script interpreter for the 2012 Globe festival on 'The Tempest. Leesa's play 'Daughter of the Forest' produced by Komola Collective completed its tour in 2016. Her first novel, 'Rourob', was published in 2010.
Leesa was the concept-developer, co-writer, and performer of 'Birangona: Women of War' theatre production, nominated for The Offies 2014, which she later developed into the documentary film Rising Silence. The film sheds light on the lives of rape survivors in the aftermath of the Liberation War of Bangladesh. The film won the Best Documentary Award at the Dhaka International Film Festival and is 2019 Moondance Winner. Recently 'Rising Silence' received the Asian Media Award for Best Investigation 2019.
Gazi's recent play Aleya Twist is a Bengali Adaptation of a British Classic Oliver Twist produced by Komola Collective in partnership with British Council Bangladesh. A group of underprivileged girls performed in the play along with professional actors. She is currently translating a play entitled Indigo Giant for an International tour in Bangladesh, India and Britain. The backdrop of the play is the Indigo Rebellion in 1859/60 during the British Raj era.