Monday, March 4, 2013

DUFS dedicates film festival to Language Movement

DUFS dedicates film festival to Language Movement
Dhaka University Film Society has organised a six-day film festival at the TSC Auditorium at Dhaka University marking the International Mother Language Day.
The festival titled Amar Bhasar Chalachitra featuring 24 Bangla films began on Saturday.
Most of these films are made by the contemporary Bangladeshi filmmakers. Some Indian Bangla classics are also included in the festival.
But, none of these films directly addresses the Language Movement. 'We selected those films which gave Bangla language exposure in the international festivals,' Ariful Islam, president of DUFS, explains, 'Language Movement inspires us to cherish our culture and promote our language internationally.'

The festival was inaugurated by cultural affairs minister Abul Kalam Azad. Dhaka University vice chancellor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique and chairman of television and film studies department Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan, among others, were present at the opening ceremony.

Four films- Abirbhab, Khela, Emile-r Goenda Bahini and Hemlock Society- were screened on Monday. Watching the Indian Bangla film Hemlock Society, directed by Srijit Mukhergi, Tania Sultana, a teacher of a privet university, said, 'I believe such festival is necessary to create "sensible viewers" and also inspire them to be future filmmakers to add new flavour.'
Her colleague Dilshad Hossain, said, 'This festival not only screens feature and documentary films by the Independent makers but also commercial films directed by mainstream directors. So diversity is here.'
The organisers also observe that the quality of the contemporary Bangla films is increasing to meet the international standard. 'For example, Shunte Ki Paou, directed by Kamar Ahmad Simon, has got appreciations participating in festivals in Netherlands and Germany. It will be screened on the concluding day of the festival on Thursday,' Ariful Islam said.
Since its inception in 2000, DUFS has been organising annual film festival with the slogan Sustha Chalachitra, Sustha Darshak. Organisers think they are promoting Bangla films through their festival which will help to change the taste of audiences and bring out more talented filmmakers.
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