Razia Quadir obtained Honors degree in English literature and sociology from Dhaka University in 1977. In 1978 she briefly joined Fine Arts Academy in Shanitiniketan, India. She returned to Bangladesh to work for the design committee of BRAC (Aarong) for 2 years. She joined the creative world as development communicator and shifted to Europe and USA from 1989-1994. During these 5 years, she was commissioned by Channel 4 (London, England), Quiet Revolution (New–York, USA), Rooy Media (Washington D.C. USA), Filmhuset (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Container TV (Berne, Switzerland) as co – director, script writer, translator and member of the editing board, in documentary film making on development and social issues in third world countries.
She returned to Bangladesh in December 1994 to base herself permanently and worked with UNICEF until June 1996. She helped in outlining a program communications strategy for EPI in UNICEF Bangladesh. In 1999 she initiated a program to follow the people who make a living from the Sundarban forest and based on her field work/ research directed and produced a film Surviving in the Sundarban in 2001 in collaboration with Sundarban Biodiversity Conservation Project (SBCP). The next film of the series was on the Royal Bengal tigers called In Quest of the Sunderban Bengal Tiger. She was also one of the first in Bangladesh media group to follow the arsenic pattern in the affected areas, did field study/research, directed and produced a film Manifestations of Arsenic Poisoning in Human Bodies.
Razia as a development communicator focuses on the fact that awareness creation regarding environment and wildlife conservation is essential amongst the traditional group who enter the forest to make a living.
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