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B'desh film festival in Agartala to begin on Feb 10

Bdesh film festival in Agartala to begin on Feb 10

Agartala: As part of celebration of the 40 years of Bangladesh Liberation War, the Bangladesh High Commission in India and the Directorate of Film Festival, New Delhi have jointly organised a three-day Bangladesh film festival here from February 10 next, said Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mehabub Hassan Selah.

Bangladesh War of Liberation in Celluloid would screen as many as six selected films on freedom struggle of Bangladesh followed by separate interaction with the directors of the films who had actively been associated in movement in 1971 before every screening.

International critics prize winner at Cannes film festival 2002 Matir Moina (The Clay Bird) will be screened at the beginning of the festival followed by Khelaghar (Dollhouse), Joyjatra (Travel after victory), Khandagolpo 1971 (1971-A few shattered tales), Amar Bandhu Rashed (My friend Rashed) and best Asian film award winner in 17th Kolkata film festival 2011 Guerrilla have been selected for the festival, Mr Selah said.

He however, pointed out that all the films had English sub-titles and theme encompassed to the turbulent period in the late 1960s leading up to Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan in 1971.

Mr Selah maintained that the festival was organised to strengthen the bond between India and Bangladesh, as Indian contribution in Bangladesh Liberation war was the main spirit for the freedom fighters and the then administration in Tripura had extended selfless support and provide shelter to the refugees.

Despite being two independent and sovereign nations, Bangladesh and Tripura have an intimate relations in terms of language, culture and life-style that has prompted us organise such festival here to pay tribute to the petronisers of Bangladesh Liberation War, he stated.

Besides, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Union minister for state of information and broadcasting Choudhury Mohan Jatua, High Commissioner for Bangladesh to India Tariq A Karim and film personalities like Tareque Masud, and Nasiruddin Yousuff would remain present in the inaugural ceremony.


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