Local, foreign experts attend conference on women in films

Karoby Shihab | Published: 22:20, Jan 12,2020


Participants, along with organisers and guests, inaugurate ‘6th Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema’ at Samson H Chowdhury Centre of Dhaka Club on Sunday. — Abdullah Apu

To improve the standard and content of women-based films and facilitate interaction among women involved in the film industry across the globe a two-day conference named ‘6th Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema’ began at Samson H Chowdhury Centre of Dhaka Club on Sunday.

The conference has been organised by Rainbow Film Society as part of the on-going 18th Dhaka International Film Festival 2020, which began in Dhaka on Saturday.

Trainer, writer and consultant Sydney Levine from the USA, Polish filmmaker Joanna Kos-Krauze, Australian actor and filmmaker Robyn Hughan, Indian journalist and film critic Meenakshi Shedde, Iranian distributor and producer Elaheh Nobakht, South Korean actress Su Gyeoung Lee, professor of the department of mass communication and journalism of Dhaka University Gitiara Nasreen and others are attending the conference.

Artistes of dance troupe Sadhona lifted the curtain on the two-day conference presenting a group dance recital.

Dancers paid tribute to five poets namely Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Jasimuddin, Atul Prasad Sen and Dwijendralal Ray.

Naeema Quayes, wife of late diplomat Mijarul Quayes, was present at the opening ceremony as chief guest. The ceremony was presided over by the chairperson of the Dhaka International Film Festival Kishwar Kamal.

The guests inaugurated the event by lighting a lamp.

‘I thank the organisers for inviting me to the event again. I am attending the conference for the third time. Besides participants from around the world, I expect more local filmmakers, writers or students to attend the conference. We are here to share information with everyone,’ said Sydney Levine.

‘When I started my journey in the film industry as a co-director in 2004 with my late husband Krzysztof Krauze in Poland, people weren’t ready to accept a woman as a director. But the scenario has been changing gradually. Now-a-days half of the filmmakers in Poland are women. But we still have to struggle to get budget for films,’ said Joanna Kos-Krauze.

Besides the inaugural ceremony, three more sessions were conducted by local and foreign guests on the opening day where participants discussed about issues like Bangladeshi women’s contribution in technical fields of the film industry, depiction of refugee women breadwinners in post-partition Bengali film and others.

Discussants also took part in Q-A sessions.

The conference will end today. The concluding day will feature sessions namely ‘Recognition of Women Professionals: on and off the lens… Bangladesh perspective’, ‘Hard Won Lessons’, ‘New Trends in Feminist Films from South Asia’ and a closing ceremony.

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