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.
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.
New York, Feb 5 (AP/UNB) — Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg and Brie Larson will be presenters at the 91st Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday announced its first slate of presenters. Also among the 13 stars are Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lopez, Amandla Stenberg and Awkwafina.
Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu will also take the Oscar stage as presenters.
There has been some acrimony over exclusive rights to some presenters this year. The Screen Actors Guild earlier criticized the film academy for requiring that its potential presenters not appear at previous awards shows.
ABC will broadcast the Oscars live on February 24. No host has been announced after Kevin Hart stepped down following a backlash over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.
Ottawa, Jan 31 (AP/UNB) — Canada's Parliament passed a motion Wednesday saying Netflix should compensate the people of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, for using footage of the 2013 rail disaster in the post-apocalyptic survival film "Bird Box."
The footage involved the disaster created when an unattended train carrying crude oil rolled down an incline, went off the tracks and exploded into a massive ball of fire, killing 47 people in the Quebec town.
The motion is non-binding but is a stern rebuke from Canada's Parliament for the use of footage from the rail explosion in "Bird Box" and in the series "Travelers."
Members of Parliament voted to demand that Netflix remove all images of the Lac-Megantic tragedy. Netflix has apologized but has refused to remove the images. Netflix licensed the footage from the stock image vendor Pond 5.
Pierre Nantel, a legislator with the opposition New Democrat party who introduced the motion this week, said he cannot accept Netflix not removing the footage.
"We know people are going to go and watch this film, and again these real images will be used," he said. "For people in Lac-Megantic, they saw images of their own downtown burning, and could imagine their own family members in it."
Netflix refused comment Wednesday, pointing only to a letter the company sent last week to Quebec's culture minister in response to her concerns. In it, Netflix public policy director Corie Wright said the company "understands that many feel frustration and sadness at seeing images of this tragic event," but it cannot make changes to "finished content."
Los Angeles, Jan 26 (AP/UNB) — Coroner office officials say former model and actress Kim Porter died last year from pneumonia.
The Los Angeles coroner's office on Friday released the results of its investigation into Porter's Nov. 15 death. Investigators determined after an autopsy that her death was from natural causes.
The 47-year-old was also a former girlfriend of Sean "Diddy" Combs and the pair had three children together. Combs eulogized Porter at her funeral in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia. Numerous celebrities, including Usher, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim and producer Russell Simmons attended the ceremony, which ended with fireworks.
Porter also has a son, actor-singer Quincy Brown, from a previous relationship with R&B singer Al B. Sure!
Combs called Porter "more than a soul" mate in a tweet after her death.