Daag to be screened on western TV channels

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:28, Jul 22,2017 | Updated: 00:32, Jul 23,2017


A still from Daag.

Josim Ahmed’s liberation war-based short film Daag will be aired on several western TV channels in the USA and European countries.
The Daag, which had its premiere show in the 70th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival this year, will be screened on DirecTV - Channel 573, AT&T U-Verse – Channel 1789, US SONET - Channel 292,Century Link - Channel 1789, Frontier Communications - Channel 1789GOOGLE Fiber - Channel 603 in USA, Ziggo, Delta and Youfone of Netherlands , Telenet in Belgium , Magine TV in Germany, Telekom- Channel 201 in Romania and Telekom- Channel 312 in Slovakia, said a press release.
These channels have an estimated 40 million viewers in the USA, Europe and the Middle East, the release added.
According to the release, details of the broadcast will be available on SHORTSTV website: https://shorts.tv/.
In a written statement Josim said, ‘The film will be screened in those channels before the next Victory Day of Bangladesh in December.’
Shorts International Ltd, world’s leading distributor of short film, recently signed an agreement for television licensing rights of the Bangladeshi short-film for USA, EMEA (Europe and Middle East) and South Asian countries, his statement adds.
‘The film’, the release said, ‘will be released in Bangladesh and in other South Asian countries within six months after the first television premiere in the USA and Europe.’
Josim’s statement also said that he had to delay the airing of the film in Bangladesh as per the contract with Shorts International Ltd.
Featuring Sharmin Joha Soshe, Shatabdi Wadud and Bakar Bakul in lead roles, Daag, a 13-minute short film, narrates the story of a freedom fighter Shila, who was violated by a Pakistani collaborator Khayer, and takes revenge eight years after.
The film takes the viewers back to 1979, eight years after the liberation war. War collaborator Khayer, who also killed Shila’s father during the war, forgot the girl whom he raped in 1971.
To take her revenge, Shila marries Khayer against the wishes of her family and on the night of the wedding she kills Khayer.

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