The first International Women Film Festival in Bangladesh is going to be unveiled today at the National Museum Auditorium at 4pm. The festival will screen around 25 films directed by women filmmakers from 20 countries and is organised by the Women’s Film Society Bangladesh.
The three day programme is the country’s first international film festival which is going to showcase only films by women and will pay tribute to the country’s first woman filmmaker, Rebeka. She made her debut with the film Bindu Theke Britta alternatively called Circle from Dot, under the Film Development Corporation before the Liberation War in 1970.
National Film Award winner Shahnewaz Cacoly’s Uttarer Sur is the curtain opener of the festival, while another film And Nothing Around by Polish filmmaker Marta Prus will also be showcased on the opening day.
Meher Afroz, the minister of Women and Children Affairs, Shamim Akhter, renowed women film maker and Advocate Sultana Kamal gave their consent to attend the inauguration ceremony, informed Mehedi Hasan, the festival director. Women’s Film Society Bangladesh initiated to honor six celebrated women film makers of the country, Shanewaj Cacoly, Shamim Akther, Kohinoor Akhter Suchanda, Nargis Akter, Arifa Parvin Moushumi and Samia Jaman on the opening day.
All the films will be screened at two venues, the National Museum Auditorium and Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the Public Library, Shahbagh. On March 11 and 12, the films from home and abroad will be screened at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm at the two venues and the entire festival is open for all.
Women’s Film Society Bangladesh started its journey with a mandate to promote women in film with the consideration of learning the cultures of the society in Bangladesh. Its focus is on women as writers, directors, actors, and producers, in which to explore the aesthetic values of film and to develop interest in the technical skills of film video and media arts.