Film orgs slam proposal for directors’ assocs approval before submission to censor board

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:25, Jun 10,2021


Different film organisations in a press release on Thursday slammed Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association’s proposal to run all films through an approval process under its guidance before finally submitting to Bangladesh Film Censor Board.

Bangladesh Short Film Forum, Bangladesh Film Society, Bangladesh Film Institute, Dhaka DocLab, Bangladesh Documentary Council and Film without Film raised concerns over the Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association’s proposal to information and broadcasting minister Hasan Mahmud on Sunday.

The organisations in a joint statement said that the proposal seem ‘absurd and ridiculous’ as they found no logical ground for a film to obtain a private organisation’s authorisation before it is submitted to the censor board.

The statement also said that there is no rational explanation why the government grant-winning film must be released in 20 cinemas across the country and asked why public money should be spent on commercial films.

‘If our culture and the spirit of the Liberation War are used for commercial gain, it will be an arbitrary and undemocratic decision,’ said the statement.

‘Our young filmmakers have already gained fame and awards at both home and aboard. The government should help young filmmakers in their progress without burdening them with irrational restrictions,’ the statement added.

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