Film Certification Act

Filmmakers, activists voice concern

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 09,2019


Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh holds a meeting on proposed Film Certification Act at the Seminar Room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday. — press release

Filmmakers and film activists on Saturday expressed concern over the proposed Film Certification Act saying that the act would jeopardise the filmmaking sector by curtailing the scope of freethinking.

They urged the authorities concerned to bring necessary changes into the draft of the law so that it would not be a barrier to the development of films in the country.

The law should be scrutinised and evaluated properly before its implementation, observed the speakers at a meeting in Dhaka.

The programme was organised at the Seminar Room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy by the Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh where representatives from 40 film organisations along with young filmmakers, teachers, researchers and film workers were present.

The Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh president Lailun Nahar Simi, general secretary Belayet Hossain Mamun, and Rajshahi University mass communication and journalism department associate professor Abdullah Al Mamun, among others, spoke at the meeting.

Belayet Hossain Mamun read out the draft Film Certification Act.

‘The main problem in all the previous film certification laws was the intention to restrict the freedom of thoughts of the filmmakers and activists. Such a law was first adopted by the British government in 1918. We have seen its repetition during the Pakistan period and also now in Bangladesh. Such an act goes against our constitution. The law should not be implemented without more discussion with filmmakers and activists,’ said Belayet Hossain Mamun.

‘It is impossible to develop art and culture without giving importance to the freedom of expression of the artistes. It is a matter of grief that we do not see the practice in Bangladesh,’ Abdullah Al Mamun said.

‘In many countries, artistes enjoy more freedom, but in Bangladesh we are losing our freedom gradually. The state should help the artistes for their creative works, not inhibit those,’ he added.

‘A filmmaker is a man who lives in dreams. If they live in fear and face obstacles in work, they won’t be able to make quality production. We have been demanding a modern, liberal and democratic certification system for Bangladesh for many years. We want that everybody should be well concerned about the negative aspects of the draft law,’ said Lailun Nahar Simi.

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