Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB)- The 18th edition of 'Aamar Bhashar Cholocchitro 1425', a Bangla film festival dedicated to the Language Movement martyrs, kicked off in the city on Sunday.
Hosted by Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS), the six-day festival will screen a number of Bangla films at Teacher Students Center (TSC) Auditorium of Dhaka University till February 17.
Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mostafa Jabbar inaugurated the event.
Speaking on the occasion the Minister said, "Film can be a powerful medium for spreading visionary ideas."
He lauded the effort of DUFS saying through the program they will be leaving something noteworthy for Bangla language.
Freedom fighter and director Nasir UddinYousuf Bacchu, who was present as special guest, mentioned that a Bangalee, Hiralal Sen initiated filmmaking in the subcontinent.
"Even though he hailed from Manikganj district in Bangladesh; little have been done for his commemoration," he added.
Former DU Vice-chancellor Dr A A M S Arefin Siddique remembered those who sacrificed their lives for keeping the honour of Bangla language.
"This venture of ours is for connecting our youths with the spirit of the Language Movement," he said.
The festival will screen 16 feature films and four short films from both Bangladesh and West Bengal throughout its six day span.
Six films of the previous year have been nominated for Hiralal Sen award which will be awarded by Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on the fourth day of the festival. The nominated films are --- Debi, Komola Rocket, Janmabhumi, Pathshala, Sanatan Galpa and Mati Projar Deshe.
The 18th Aamar Bhashar Cholocchitro is co-hosted by Banglalink, Dell EMC and Jazz Multimedia.
Pasadena, Feb 10 (AP/UNB) — A.J. Calloway, a host on the syndicated entertainment news show "Extra," was suspended Saturday as his parent company investigates sexual misconduct allegations.
The company said it had investigated prior accusations against Calloway and found no suggestion of workplace misconduct. But he was suspended after Warner Brothers became aware of additional allegations that will be published in an upcoming article in The Hollywood Reporter.
Calloway's lawyer, Lisa E. Davis, said her client vehemently denies ever assaulting anyone and looks forward to clearing his name.
Calloway has been with "Extra" since 2005.
He was arrested following a 2006 incident where a woman, Sil Lai Abrams, accused Calloway of assault. The charges were dismissed.
Another publication, the Daily Beast, reported last month about two misconduct allegations made by women who wanted to remain anonymous.
Neither of the January allegations concerned misconduct that took place on the job. Warner Bros. said in a statement Saturday that "to date, we have found nothing to suggest that Mr. Calloway has ever engaged in workplace misconduct."
But with additional allegations made, "we are expanding our ongoing inquiries," the company said. "We take such allegations very seriously and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for all of our employees."
Davis said that Calloway maintains that the allegations are unsubstantiated and false. "He vehemently denies that he ever assaulted anyone and looks forward to clearing his name," she said.
Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) - A five-day Iranian film exhibition began in the city on Friday.
Iranian Cultural Centre, Dhaka and Bangladesh National Museum jointly organised the film screening at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the museum.
The show was organised on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (National Day).
The inaugural session was held at the main auditorium of the National Museum at 3:30pm.
Mohammad Reza Nafar, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bangladesh, and Touqir Ahmed, eminent actor and film director, were present at the programme as special guests.
A discussion programme titled '40 years of Islamic Revolution in Iran: Achievement and Potentials' was held as part of film exhibition.
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Md Murad Hasan was present as the chief guest at the discussion where executive editor of amadersomoy.com Rashidul Islam presented the keynote speech.
Acting cultural counsellor of Iran Cultural Centre Dr Seyed Mahdi Hosseini delivered the welcome speech with National Museum secretary Abdul Mazid in the chair.
The inaugural programme was followed by the screening of the first film, ‘M for Mother’, directed by Rasoul Mollagholipour.
Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) - A five-day screening of Iranian films and photo exhibition will begin in the city on Friday.
Iranian Cultural Centre, Dhaka and Bangladesh National Museum will jointly organize the film screening at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the museum.
An inaugural session will be held at the main auditorium of the National Museum at 3.30 pm on the opening day.
Information Minister Hasan Mahmud is scheduled to be present as the chief guest.
Mohammad Reza Nafar, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bangladesh and Touqir Ahmed, eminent actor and film director, will be present as special guests.
The inaugural programme will be followed by screening of the first film in the showcase, ‘M for Mother’, directed by Rasoul Mollagholipour.
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