It took five years to get a life neatly sketched with stories and vignettes.
Down the memory lane, down the road, down the trail left by the Father of the Nation, and anywhere a story was waiting to be heard, they have gone all the way and missed out on no details.
Finally, the curtain rose on Hasina: A Daughter's Tale, narrating the untold stories of Sheikh Hasina as the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the man who organised an entire nation to fight for freedom.
One year into its release, the docudrama that already attracted global acclamation was re-screened at Lit Festival in the on Friday.
The narrative in the voice of Sheikh Hasina herself turned the auditorium full of foreign poets and litterateurs into a captive through engaging storytelling and music of this soil complementing the imageries, said a Centre for Research and Information (CRI) media release on Saturday.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, reminisced the days with her father, who led all the major movements leading to freedom.
She was also observed narrating the darkest chapter in the history of Bangladesh - the killing of her father along with the entire family in 1975.
The most critical junctures of the history was narrated like a story and offered a glimpse of Sheikh Hasina as a mother, a grandmother, a woman of this land apart from her position as the prime minister.
The screening of the movie was followed by an interactive session graced by Radwan Mujib Siddiq, grandson of Bangabandhu, also a co-producer of the film, Piplu Khan, director, and Debojyoti Mishra, background scorer.
"When she (Sheikh Hasina) asked for the script during the making of the docudrama, I said there was no script. She herself, her eventful life was the script," said Radwan.
Talking about the power of storytelling, Radwan also said, “While most historical docudramas in our country are 'officious' in tone, Hasina: A Daughter's Tale clearly stands out.”
It focused on storytelling, bringing in some engaging stories that would otherwise remain unheard. Even the director's camera made its way to her kitchen and library too, he added.
Piplu believes he himself knows more about Bangabandhu’s home at Dhanmondi 32 than anyone else, except Bangabandhu’s family members.
“I tried to understand everything. I had rented a boat to travel to Tungipara to experience how Bangabandhu used to do it,” he said.
A stage play, "The Dawns Here Are Quiet," adapted from Russian writer Boris Vasilyev's war novel of the same title, is scheduled to meet audiences at the Harbin Opera House in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province from Nov. 22 to 23.
The play, which tells anti-war themed, sentimental and humanistic tales of female heroism during World War II, will be performed by actors and actresses with the St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre founded in 2010.
They are expected to tour other cities including Shanghai and Xi'an.
Beijing, Nov. 9 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Broadway musical "The Lion King" will hit the stage in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, in February and in Beijing in May in 2020.
The 150-minute show will be performed in English with Chinese subtitles.
Debuted in 1997, "The Lion King" took a leaf from the William Shakespeare play "Hamlet," telling the story of a young lion prince fleeing his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery after his father's murder.
Including the world-renowned hits "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," the musical has been translated into eight languages and performed for over 100 million people in the past 22 years.
Tickets are now available on www.polyt.cn.
In mid-July, the new live-action remake of "The Lion King" film hit the big screens on the Chinese mainland, raking in more than 830 million yuan (about 118.4 million U.S. dollars) at the box office, according to China Movie Data Information Network.
A$AP Rocky will perform in Sweden several months after he was convicted of assault in a street brawl.
Concert promoter Live Nation says the rapper will return to Stockholm "after tremendous support from the Swedish fans." The artist is due to perform Dec. 11 at Stockholm's Ericsson Globe arena.
A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was convicted of assault for a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm. He pleaded self-defense, saying he tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who were following his entourage.
On Aug. 14, Mayers and his two bodyguards were given "conditional sentences," meaning they won't serve prison time unless they commit a similar offense in the future.
President Donald Trump had weighed in to support the Grammy-nominated recording artist.
Five emerging screenwriters gained the film academy's stamp of admission into Hollywood with help from an ensemble of actors that included Tyrese Gibson and Rosa Salazar.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored each screenwriter at the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards and presentation on Thursday night. The five individuals each received $35,000 fellowships and had their work brought to life through live readings by Gibson, Salazar, Amandla Stenberg and Wes Studi.
The event was held at the academy's headquarters in Beverly Hills, California.
The five screenplays selected include: Aaron Chung's "Princess Vietnam," Karen McDermott's "Lullabies of La Jaula," Renee Pillai's "Boy With Kite," Sean Malcolm's "Mother" and Walter McKnight's "Street Rat Allie Punches Her Ticket."
"I want to write scripts in Hollywood. What kind of fool would want to do that?" asked Pillai, sarcastically, while pointing at herself before the audience burst into laughter. She is the first Nicholl fellow from Malaysia and faced a series of obstacles that almost kept her from attending the event.
Pillai applied for her U.S. visa, was told the earliest appointment she could get wouldn't be until the day after the ceremony. But a fellowship official contacted the cultural affairs office at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Pillai's behalf, arranging a meeting to appeal to the consul general to expedite her visa request.
Pillai then drove two hours to Kuala Lumpur to attend the granted interview, with only the $160 donated by her friends to pay the visa application fee. She ultimately obtained the visa and took 30 hours to travel by air from Malaysia to Los Angeles — that including layovers in China and Seattle.
"If it wasn't for the academy and my friends, I wouldn't be here," she said. "I would've missed out not only this ceremony, but also the seminars and preparations for the life you want to live. This is the start of my career."
Winners will receive guidance from academy members as they complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. The winning screenplays were chosen from just over 7,300 submissions.
Since 1986, the competition has awarded hundreds of fellowships, aiming to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. The academy says it doesn't acquire rights to screenwriters' work and doesn't involve itself commercially in the completion of scripts.
Past fellows include writer-director Allison Anders, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides and Oscar-winning screenwriter Susannah Grant ("Erin Brockovich"). The films "Finding Forrester" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction" were also written by past Nicholl fellows.
Chung gave a heartfelt speech that nearly left Salazar in tears. He said he wants to show how people aren't that different from each other.
"I want to connect everyone's problems and beliefs together just to show how much we are the same," he said.
Geeta Malik, a 2016 fellow, returned to direct the live reading. She highlighted the importance of the Nicholl Fellowship.
"If you want to get your script made, this is the perfect place to do it," said Malik, who turned her Nicholl-winning script into a feature called "India Sweets and Spices," currently in post-production. "This is the place where you can find people who really support your dream and visions."