Curtain rises on 8th Liberation Docfest

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:59, Jun 16,2020


Posters of ’True False & A Revolution’, left, and ‘Our Territory’ which will be screened at the festival today.  

Liberation War Museum lifted the curtain on 8th Liberation Docfest, a five-day virtual documentary film festival, on Tuesday.

The festival is featuring a total of 84 films from 50 countries. Film lovers can watch the films by registering themselves on the festival website

Festival director Tareq Ahmed, trustee and member secretary of Liberation War Museum Sara Zaker, Cosmos Foundation chairman Enayetullah Khan and Liberation War Museum trustee Mofidul Hoque attended the online inaugural ceremony which was streamed live on the festival website.

The ceremony was conducted by Shahidul Islam Shaon.

Festival director Tareq Ahmed said, ‘The festival started its journey in 2006. This year we are organising the eighth edition of the festival virtually due to the coronavirus crisis which took a turn for the worst in South Asian countries in the last three months. We are living with uncertainty. We don’t know what is going to happen in the coming days.’

‘This year’s festival doesn’t include masterclass, seminars and others. We already held a workshop which aims at providing a platform to the aspiring filmmakers. I want to thank Cosmos Foundation for supporting the event. I invite all to enjoy the festival,’ added Tareq Ahmed.

Sara Zaker said, ‘I am happy because we have been able to organise the 8th Liberation Docfest. I hope this festival will bring a breath of fresh air to film lovers who have been staying at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. I want to thank Cosmos Foundation and others for their support. I also want to thank the participants who have submitted their works to the festival.’

Cosmos Foundation chairman Enayetullah Khan said, ‘We are delighted to be part of this virtual festival. It is a matter of great joy that so many participants have submitted their films to the festival. I wish everyone good health and invite all to enjoy the films.’

Liberation War Museum trustee Mofidul Hoque said, ‘We are proud to host an online festival in this critical time. We have been overwhelmed by the support we received while organising the event. We should not lose hope. This crisis won’t last forever and better days will surely come. I want to thank everyone who worked hard to make the festival successful.’

The festival is featuring various sections including two competitive sections, namely International Competition section and National Competition Section, a non-competitive section ‘Cinema of the world’ and special package comprising ‘Bangabandhu & Other Icons of National Liberation’ ‘Northeast is Not Far Way’.

The opening day of the festival featured 15 films. Films namely Belgian director Charlotte Müller’s ‘No Man’s Land’, local maker Biplob Sarkar’s ‘Life Is Elsewhere’, ‘A Coffee’ jointly directed by Italian makers Lia and Marianna Beltrami, ‘A tent of Friendship’ by Greek maker Sayed Ahmadzia Ebrahimi, ‘Faena’ by Canadian maker Nicolás Aguirre and others were screened on Tuesday.

A total of 17 films comprising Belgian documentary film ‘Our Territory’ directed by Mathieu Volpe, local maker Farid Ahmed directed ‘True False & A Revolution’, Indian maker Hoabam Paban Kumar directed ‘Nupi Shabi’, local director Novera Hasan Nikkon directed ‘Aguan-Sun Behind the Horizon’ and others will be screened at the festival today.

Besides, the festival will feature a webinar titled ‘Building new Solidarity: Interaction with Independent Filmmakers in Pandemic Time’ today where filmmakers will talk about the challenges they are facing due to COVID-19 outbreak.

The festival will end on June 20 through an online closing and awards ceremony.

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