Friday marks the fourth day of South Asia’s first online documentary film festival, the 8th Liberation DocFest Bangladesh-2020 - being celebrated with 21 extraordinary documented tales on the reels that are being showcased on the festival website.
Continuing the excellence in short films, the fourth day projected the highest number of extraordinary short films in the fest as well.
Bangladeshi short-film ‘Flying Child’ by director Fazle Rabbi is being showcased at the ‘National Competition’ category. Slovenian short-film 'A Long Journey for the First Steps' by Jasmina Mustafić and Ratko Stojiljković is being projected as part of the ‘International Competition’ section.
Other short films are being projected in the ‘Cinema of the World’ category - including ‘Life in Gray’ by Brasilian filmmaker Leonardo Martinelli, ‘Mayday’ by Miguel Gaspar from Portugal, ‘Spread The Wings’ by Alice McDowell from Ireland, Pakistani film ‘Life in a Grave’ by Shayhaq Baloch, Iran’s entry ‘Qarlavaj’ by Ehsan Kamali and ‘Outside The Comfort Zone’ from the United Kingdom by British filmmaker duo Nataša Cordeaux and Cheyenne Ritfeld.
The only tri-nation project in Friday’s schedule is the film ‘Oro Blanco’ by Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez. The jointly collaborated film is representing Germany, Argentina and Mexico in the ‘International Competition’ category.
Two films are being showcased as part of the ‘Special Package’ category - much anticipated ‘Rahman, the Father of Bengal’ - a joint collaboration of Bangladesh and Japan by filmmaker Nagisa Oshima, based on the life of Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - and ‘Tales from our Childhood’ by Indian filmmaker Mukul Haloi.
‘Long Period of Persecution’ by Bangladeshi filmmaker Proshoon Rahmaan, ‘Boundaries’ by Yuliya Shatun from Belarussia, ‘Controlled Breaths of Air’ by Efemia Fard from Bulgaria, ‘Laundry’ by Ali Feizi from Iran, Priya Thuvassery’s Indian entry ‘Coral Woman’, ‘Sheep Hero’ by Ton van Zantvoort from Netherlands, Indian director Vishal Gupta’s film ‘That's Uncle Jerry at the Crossing’, ‘I love you Greece’ by duo Farid Lakkimi and Dorothée Landelle from France, ‘Blue Breath’ by Rodrigo Areias from Portugal and Bangladeshi documentary film ‘Rising Silence’ by director Leesa Gazi - these are the other full-length films being showcased as part of the stacked category of ‘Cinema of the World’.
Viewers can enjoy these films till Saturday midnight by registering at www.liberationdocfestbd.org (http://ldfbd.liberationdocfestbd.org/signup). Details are also available at the festival’s official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Liberationdocfestbd/.
A total of 70 films are being screened during this documentary film festival
that will continue until June 20. Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bangladeshi conglomerate Cosmos Group, has associated with this year’s festival as the Technology Partner while the media partner is United News of Bangladesh (UNB), South Asia’s first fully wired digital news agency.
Also read: Liberation DocFest: Enthralling tales from home and beyond
Following the successful presentations arranged on the inaugural day of South Asia’s first online documentary film festival the 8th Liberation DocFest Bangladesh-2020, Wednesday marked the second day and continues projecting all the scheduled, promising documentary films from talented, masterful filmmakers around the world.
‘Our territory’, a film from Belgium by Mathieu Volpe is scheduled to be screened on Wednesday. The 21-minute film is participating in the ‘International Competition’ section.
‘True False & A Revolution’ is a Bangladeshi film, directed by Farid Ahmad. The 48-minute-long film is scheduled as part of the ‘National Competition’ category.
Indian filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar’s 53 minutes-long documentary film ‘Nupi Shabi’ is scheduled to be featured on the ‘Special Package’ section.
‘Joy Bangla’ is a unique Bangladesh-Japan collaboration by Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima. The 25 minutes-long film is part of the ‘Special Package’ category.
‘Aegean’ is a joint presentation from Portugal and Greece by filmmaker Tomás Barão da Cunha. The 29 minutes film is competing in the ‘Cinema of the world’ section.
‘Aguan-Sun Behind the Horizon’ by Bangladeshi filmmaker Novera Hasan Nikkon is a short film with a duration of 8 minutes and 40 seconds, being projected as part of the ‘Cinema of the world’ category.
From Argentina, filmmaker Juan Manuel Repetto is presenting his 84 minutes-long doc-film ‘ANOTHER SENTENCE’ in the 'Cinema of the world' category, as well.
‘Jin Tian Bu Hui Xia Yu’ (I Don't Think It Is Going To Rain) is another joint production by China and Spain, competing also in the 'Cinema of the world' section. The 10 minutes 55 seconds film is directed by Adrià Guxens.
Continuing the excellence of joint productions, director Kavich NEANG's film ‘Last Night I Saw You Smiling’ is also a part of the ‘Cinema of the world’. The 77 minutes and 34 seconds film is a joint production from Cambodia/France.
‘Last seen heading for the forest’ is an 8 minutes 30 seconds short documentary by Nataliia Egorova. The film is representing the Russian Federation in the ‘Cinema of the world section’.
Austrian doc-filmmaker Lana Berndl's 91 minutes film 'The Sunday in Strasbourg' is also participating in this category.
Another joint presentation from war-torn Middle-Eastern countries Syria and Lebanon, ‘The Way Home’ is a film by Wael Kadlo. The 64 minutes 30 seconds presentation is competing at the ‘Cinema of the World’ section.
Canadian filmmaker Bosco da Costa's 9 minutes long cinema 'This-Ability' is also participating as part of the ‘Cinema of the World’.
‘Vaarheim’ is a presentation from the UK by filmmaker Victor Ridley. The 29 minutes and 59 seconds-long film is also competing in the ‘Cinema of the World’ category.
‘Who killed Chiquito Chaves’ is a documentary film by Brazilian filmmaker duo Giovanna Giovanini and Rodrigo Boecker. The 15 minutes-long film is also being showcased as part of the stacked and competitive category of ‘Cinema of the world’.
Details are also available at the festival’s official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Liberationdocfestbd/.
Sushant Singh Rajput, one of Bollywood's most versatile and celebrated young actors, has apparently taken his own life at his Bandra residence.
The 34-year-old was found hanging in his house in Mumbai on Sunday, according to Mumbai police. The details behind his apparent suicide are yet to be investigated, according to Indian media.
His former manager Disha Salian was found dead five days ago. Salian had aparently killed herself.
Rajput had garnered critical acclaim and commercial success with lead roles in movies such as "Kai Po Che", "PK", "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story", "Kedarnath" and more.
His movie "Dil Bechara" was scheduled to be released on May 8, however, it got postponed due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
A successful star in television, Rajput started his career with Star Plus's romantic drama Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil (2008), followed by an award-winning performance in Zee TV's popular soap opera Pavitra Rishta (2009–11).
Studio X for Men, International Styling products, and Zohad, lead vocalist of the popular rock band Nemesis, have launched an online collaboration of music and style titled ‘Studio X for Men Rock with Zohad’.
The first-ever online style and rock collaborations aims to give a platform of style to men, bringing the delight and entertainment of music, said a press release on Saturday.
Zohad said, “I’m very excited to be a part of this collaboration with Studio X for Men International Styling products.”
“My fans have a great sense of style and I’ve closely observed their style aspirations. This platform is a great opportunity for me to get in touch with my fans and experience the musical talent they have within themselves,” he added.
Participants have been asked to download the acoustic version of the song 'Kobe' by Nemesis, from https://www.studioxstyle.com/rock-with-zohad of Studio X for Men, International Styling products, and record a video of jamming to the song.
Participants then submit the recorded jam session through online platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, or any other file-sharing website and also share it on the Studio X for Men International Styling products Website.
Studio X, the international styling products was launched to cater to them in line with Marico’s growing online penetration and the upswing in online buying in the country.
Having recognised this emerging trend, Studio X, a brand synonymous with celebrity-like styling, has been assisting consumers in achieving an expert finish look.
Gallery Cosmos, the philanthropic arm of Bangladeshi conglomerate Cosmos Group, in association with Hidden Her Foundation - has organised country‘s first-ever virtual art camp on Monday taking advantage of the technological advances during the crucial ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In this first-ever virtual art camp, five of the country’s most renowned and eminent artists went live on the Gallery Cosmos Page on Facebook - all at the same time, each from their own studios. They painted live at the virtual event from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm, talked about their paintings, the current situation surrounding the pandemic, importance of social awareness and other art-related topics along with taking thousands of the admiring audience to the virtual studio tour.
The five eminent artists - Biren Shome, Mohammad Eunus, Kanak Champa Chakma, Anisuzzaman Anis and Bishwajit Goswami each created two paintings, for a total of ten. Eminent Bangladeshi artist and art maestro Mustafa Monwar was also scheduled for this event, however, he could not join the camp at the last moment due to some family urgency but conveyed his regards and wished success to the noble venture.
Tehmina Enayet, Director of Gallery Cosmos and Cosmos Atelier71 and Sunehra Z Islam, Founder and Director of Hidden Her Foundation joined the virtual art camp on behalf of this unique initiative while artist Sourav Chowdhury, Executive Artistic Manager of Gallery Cosmos and Cosmos Atelier71 hosted the event.
“We all have been facing the unfortunate circumstances of this deadly pandemic all over the world, but our eminent Bangladeshi artists who have always dedicated themselves to save the tradition and culture of our country - once again joined us to help the pandemic affectees. These artworks have really brightened our spirits and we, the Gallery Cosmos cannot express our heartfelt joy in words and we are thankful to all the participating artists”, Gallery Cosmos Director Tehmina Enayet spoke on the charity initiative.
In a video message from Singapore, Enayetullah Khan, renowned Bangladeshi entrepreneur, author, journalist, patron of the arts and Founder-Managing Director of Cosmos Group, praised the initiative of the virtual art camp, saying - “Despite being in lockdown due to the pandemic known as COVID-19, we did not lock our hearts neither pause the inner creative forces during this pandemic crisis. I would like to convey my heartiest applause to all the participating artists and Gallery Cosmos, Hidden Her Foundation and all the associate acts behind this unique initiative. As the Gallery Cosmos, we have previously worked on various artforms and organized a great number of art camps on issues such as climate change, Rohingya refugee, floating arts, wood-based arts etc. - but this is something unique that has not been done before in the country. This is a charity event for a noble cause and I am extremely proud and happy to see the fruition of this remarkable initiative.”
Founder of Hidden Her foundation Sunehra Z Islam said, "While the entire world is stranded, nothing is moving and people are lacking the spirit in life - l, We are happy to be a part of this first-ever online live art camp which not only will brighten the spirit of people who are being locked down at home, but also will make a landmark in Bangladesh Artistic community for holding such event for the very first time. Apart from that, all proceeds from selling these artworks will be given to corona victims".
The artists have also shared their heartfelt joy of becoming part of this noble initiative. Veteran artist Biren Shome, also a freedom fighter at the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, compared the ongoing crisis with the war. “We have never dealt with a pandemic and crisis like this, but through the power and spirit of our creative forces - we shall overcome this deadly pandemic as well”, the artist expressed his hope for a better tomorrow.
Country’s renowned indigenous artist Kanak Chanpa Chakma said, “We have to adapt with the new normals and at the same time we also have to nurture and express our creativity. Initiatives such as this first-ever virtual art camp by Cosmos Foundation and Hidden Her Foundation are brightening our spirits when we are adapting with being in the lockdown in our home for months.”
Seasoned artist Mohammad Eunus thanked the initiative in addition with praising the efforts of frontline fighters, saying “We all have been surviving through the constant efforts of our frontline fighters including the doctors, nurses, government officials, policemen, journalists and all other professionals who are continuously working for us. As artists, we also have certain responsibilities and I thank the organizers for giving us the opportunity to express our crafts.”
Acclaimed visual artist Bishwajit Goswami, also an Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University said “The art camp, with the theme ’Brightening The Spirits With Art’, is an exceptional initiative. This is the most effective, creative interaction in society during this pandemic as the fund would be collected from selling the paintings by artists at the art camp and I am immensely proud to be a part of it.”
Together, the Cosmos Foundation and Hidden Her Foundation will complete further procedures going forward with selling the artworks in order to raise funds for those affected by the pandemic.