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Science Film Festival begins online

  • Published at 02:59 am October 15th, 2020
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A scene from Knietzsche and the Environment screening at the Science Film Festival Courtesy

The second edition of the Science Film Festival is taking place in Bangladesh from October 1 to December 20 on an online platform

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the second edition of the Science Film Festival in Bangladesh is presenting 24 films to the audience of early learners to university students online. The theme for this year is ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, and the 2020 festival is in global partnership between the Goethe-Institut and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Goethe-Institut Bangladesh in cooperation with the Bangladesh-based partners JAAGO Foundation, Teach for Bangladesh, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD at ULAB), PASCH-Schools: Partners for the Future, South Point School & College, Oxford International School (OIS), Maple Leaf International School, European Standard School (ESS) and Mastermind International School brought the festival to Bangladesh. As part of a global partnership between Goethe-Institut and the UN Environment Programme, the UN in Bangladesh are co-hosting the Festival.

The inaugural ceremony of the Science Film Festival 2020 was held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 afternoon through a Zoom meeting. Mia Seppo, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh and Dr Samiya A. Selim, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, were among the honorable guests who joined the opening event. A good number of science enthusiasts, teachers, environmentalists, scientists and students were among the audience. 

Welcoming the distinguished guests and attending students from different schools, Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in her welcoming speech said: "The festival is 100% virtual this year, which is a great chance to reach a larger audience all over Bangladesh. At the same time the challenge is to bring the festival to those students who do not have regular access to mobile devices - something we strive to achieve with our partners JAAGO, Teach for Bangladesh and the UN in Bangladesh".

Expressing her delight for the organization of the international Science Film Festival in Bangladesh, Mia Seppo, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, in her opening speech said: "The Science Film Festival comes at a moment in time when facts and science have become increasingly contested. "Discover - Experiment - Explore" is what the Festival seeks to achieve and this is in 2020 combined with a commitment to make special effort to reach those who risk being left behind in a world that is digitizing fast”. 

The Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. It runs internationally in 30 countries from October 1 to December 20.

Teachers, students and the interested public can register here: https://www.goethe.de/ins/bd/en/kul/prj/ssf.html