Docu makers must practise ethics: Murad

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 22,2019 | Updated: 18:00, Oct 23,2019


Maksudul Bari speaks at Edward M Kennedy Center in Dhanmondi on Monday. — Abdullah Apu

Documentary makers should not ignore or downplay ethical issues as their works might have positive or negative impact on the documented subject or event, said docu maker Manzare Hassin Murad while speaking at a day-long programme held at the Adda auditorium of Edward M Kennedy Center in Dhanmondi on Monday.

The event titled ‘Documenting Me’ was organised by Bangladesh Documentary Council in collaboration with EMK Center marking the birthday of Manzare Hassin Murad.

It commenced with the inauguration of a photography exhibition featuring 20 works of Murad, who inaugurated the day-long programme by lighting candles.

Following which, singer Sutapa Saha rendered a Tagore song Jagate ananda jogge to delight the audience.

Director-cinematographer Saiful Wadud Helal delivered the welcome speech while eminent photographer and teacher Maksudul Bari inaugurated the exhibition.

Besides, the event featured a discussion titled ‘My Journey as an Independent Documentary Filmmaker and Film Activist’ conducted by Manzare Hassin Murad.

The discussion started with the screening of a documentary titled ‘The End’ by Armenian director Artavazd Pelechian.

‘Filmmakers should watch works by makers from across the world. They should keep the ethical issues in mind while making documentaries, try to produce original work and stop copying or imitating,’ said Murad.

Documentary filmmakers like Fauzia Khan, Shabnam Ferdousi, Anwar Chowdhury, Farid Ahmed, Bratto Amin, Humaira Bilkis, Jhumur Jui, Jahid Hasan, Fuad Chowdhury, Razibul Hossain and others attended the event.

‘Bangladesh Documentary Council is the brain child of Manzare Hassin Murad. He has supporting us since 2003. Besides celebrating his birth anniversary today, we will spend the day discussing about documentary filmmaking,’ said Fauzia Khan, former president of Bangladesh Documentary Council.

A round table discussion titled ‘Challenges of Documentary Today’ was held at 2:30 pm. The day-long programme ended with a master class on documentary making conducted by Murad.

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