Kamar’s Onnodin to be aired on Arte TV

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 20:05, Jul 22,2018


A postcard of Kamar Ahmad Simon’s upcoming film Onnodin.

Bangladeshi filmmaker Kamar Ahmad Simon’s upcoming film ‘Onnodin’ (Day After…) has been selected by the European Arte TV for broadcasting on its acclaimed La Lucarne show.

A public Franco-German TV network Arte’s La Lucarne promotes films of internationally acclaimed filmmakers representing arts and culture of people.

The commissioning editor of the TV network Rasha Salti in the confirmation letter sent to Kamar writes, ‘I am eager for Arte's audiences to discover an unsuspected representation and narratives of Bangladesh, the poetry, woes, ingenuity, steadfastness of everyday Bangladeshis, and the captivating talent of Kamar Ahmad Simon.’

‘Day After…’, the second film of his water trilogy, earlier won the first prize at the Switzerland-based Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors production grant- worth CHF 30,000 ($30,637) in 2016.

He also won ARTE International Open Doors cash prize of €6,000 ($6,700) for making the film which takes a critical-realist observation to draw portrait of the silent mass people of Bangladesh.

Kamar, who is busy with several other film projects, is determined to finish the film in the first half of next year.

‘The airing date of Onnodin will be finalised after it is ready’, Kamar told New Age.

‘La Lucarne is a prestigious show and I’m happy to get the offer from the TV channel, which has also commissioned the famous French director Jean luc Godard,’ Kamar added.

The first film of his trilogy, ‘Shunte Ki Pao!’ (Are You Listening!), featuring common people’s courage to survive amidst natural calamities, had won several awards participating at 10 international film festivals including Grand Prix in the Paris-based Cinema Du Reel.

The last film of the trilogy ‘Aro Kichhu Jiban’ is expected to be finished in 2022.

‘I have been traveling the rivers for many years in Bangladesh and I want to present my knowledge that I achieved through such cruising through my water trilogy,’ Kamar said.

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