Iranian filmmaker-writer Zohre Zamani, who has been selecting films for Dhaka International Film Festival for the past few years, considers Bangladesh as her second home.
Zohre, who heads the panel of programmers responsible for selecting films for the festival, said she treats organisers of Dhaka International Film Festival as her family members.
‘I have been working with them as a programmer since 2010. For the past couple of years, I’m heading the programmers who select films from different regions of the world for the festival,’ Zohre told New Age in an interview.
Zohre personally selects films from Iran and Central Asian countries like Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and others.
Selecting the best films from so many entries is a difficult job and the task becomes even more difficult when we need to select films for the Dhaka audience, who are very sober and talented, said Zohre.
‘Believe me I try my level best to pick the best films for the festival overcoming some challenges including budget constraint. Yes of course, I try to be theme specific. Last year we tried to promote first films of the young talented makers in Dhaka International Film Festival when this year we are trying to promote films featuring tales of middle-class youths, especially their loneliness in the globalised era,’ Zohre said.
Zohre Zamani wants to continue working with the festival with the hope of giving it the stature of the best film festival in South Asia.
At the same time, she wants to continue her career as a filmmaker and writer.
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