A four-day Iranian Film Show featuring popular Iranian films is under way at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Iranian films are known for depicting issues related to daily life, challenges of poverty, women’s rights and others.
Iran Culture Centre in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has organised the film show that will continue in Dhaka till November 6 and will be held in three other divisional cities - Chattogram, Rajshahi and Khulna-from November 9-13.
The film show is featuring seven films, including, Maritime Silk Road, Zero to Podium, Today, Track 143, Once Upon A Time, Love and Betrayal and Rana’s Silence.
Two films are being screened every day respectively at 11:00 am and 3:00pm at the event. Prime minister’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury inaugurated the film show on Saturday.
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury hoped that foreign film festivals will inspire local filmmakers to produce better films.
‘Bangladeshi filmmakers should follow in the footsteps of Iranian filmmakers who make films depicting real life crises,’ said Iqbal.
The ICC acting counselor Seyed Mahdi Hosseini Faegh said that Iranian films are known for depicting atypical stories.
‘Our filmmakers are very careful when it comes to choosing plots for films’, said Faegh. Iranian films are rich in narrative and delve at daily life in an attempt to portray crisis, its causes and possible solutions, he said.
‘Films shape culture, lifestyles and inspires change in a society,’ said Faegh adding that today’s Iranian films are result of 110 years of attempts to portray daily life on celluloid by filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi and others.
Charge d’ Affaires of Iranian Embassy in Dhaka Ebrahim Shafiei Rezvani Nejad said Iran is eager to promote Bangladeshi films and preparations for holding a Bangladeshi Film Festival in Iran is already under way.
‘Both Iran and Bangladesh are committed to help each other in promoting art, culture and films,’ said Ebrahim Shafiei.
Following the inaugural ceremony, a documentary on Iran and a video clip showing the proud moments of Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi receiving academy awards for his film The Salesman (2016) were screened at the venue.
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