Dhaka International Film Festival kicks off

Tanzil Rahaman | Published: 23:37, Jan 11,2020


Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen speaks at the inaugural ceremony of Dhaka International Film Festival at Bangladesh National Museum on Saturday. — Abdullah Apu

The curtain lifted on the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival 2020 with the screening of Una Ventana Al Mar (Window To The Sea), directed by Miguel Angel Jimenez, at the Bangladesh National Museum on Saturday.

Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen was present as chief guest at the programme held in the main auditorium of the museum while Polish filmmaker Jonna- Kos Karauzey, also the jury for Asian Films Competition Section at DIFF, was present as special guest.

State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam, also the chief patron of the festival, presided over the programme.

Festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal gave the welcome speech.

‘The festival will promote local films in the global platform. I urge Bangladeshi filmmakers to make more films on the Rohingya people and Bangladeshi diaspora. I thank the organisers for arranging the festival,’ said Abdul Momen.

‘I am glad to be here because I can see a large number of women among the audience. The Women in Cinema Conference of the festival offers women makers the opportunity to discuss about the various problems and challenges faced by them,’ said Jonna- Kos Karauzey.

‘We can promote sustainable development, patriotism and humanity through films. Dhaka International Film Festival began its journey with the theme better film, better audience, better society. The festival plays an important role in promoting quality films among film enthusiasts,’ said Shahriar Alam.

Besides, artistes of Manipuri Theatre presented dhol recital and staged colourful group dance recitals.

A total of 220 films from 74 countries would be screened at different venues, including the Main Auditorium and Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum, Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of the Sufia Kamal National Public Library, the National Art Gallery Auditorium and Music and Dance Centre of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Alliance Francaise Dhaka, Madhumita Cinema and branches of Star Cineplex at Bashundhara City and Shimanta Square during the festival.

Retrospective section will feature four films by Polish film director couple Joanna Kos-Krauzey and Krysztof Krauze.

The section will feature films namely My Nikifor (2004), Papusza (2013), Ptakisiewaja w Kigali (2017) and Plac Zbawiciela (2006).

The Cinema of the World section will feature 49 films of which one will be chosen for the audience award.

Children’s Films section will feature 15 films and one of them will be given Best Juvenile Badal Rahman Award.

Spiritual Films section will feature 38 films, from which best feature film and best documentary film will be awarded.

Twenty-nine films will be screened in the Women Filmmakers section, while 58 films will be screened in the Short and Independent Films section.

Bangladesh Panaroma, a section for local films, will screen eight films — Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo, Mayaboti, Shuttle Train, Chandrabati Kotha, Tunes of Nostalgia, Maya the Lost Mother, Nigrohokal and No Dorai.

One film from among the eight will be awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics jury.

Besides the screening, there will be some interesting ancillary events such as seminar, conference and others.

A two-day conference named ‘Sixth Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema 2020’, to be organised by Rainbow Film Society,  will be held at Samson H. Chowdhury Centre of Dhaka Club on January 12 and 13.

This will also serve the purpose of a platform that will address issues concerning women through the work being done by the invited panel of women guests.

A daylong programme will be held at the Dhaka International Film Festival on 14 January 2020 at the Dhaka Club Samson Lounge (2nd floor), where in addition to the above mentioned one; many other similar questions will be raised, discussed and refuted.

Rainbow Film Festival has been organising the festival since 1992 with the theme ‘better film, better audience, better society.’

The festival will end on January 19.

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