Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) - A 5-day film festival titled 'Dhaka Korean Film Festival 2018' begins here in the city on Friday.
The opening ceremony of the film festival, to be hosted by South Korean Embassy in Dhaka, will be held at 4pm at Bangladesh National Museum in the city.
South Korean Ambassador-designate in Dhaka Hu Kang-il will attend the opening ceremony which will be followed by the premier of opening film ‘The Admiral’.
This year’s opening film ‘The Admiral’ is the most watched and highest grossing domestic film of all time in Korea.
Including the opening film, four of eight movies presented for this year’s film festival are ranked among 10 highest-grossing films in Korea.
The eight films are - The Admiral (opening film), A Taxi Driver, Train to Busan, Veteran, I Can Speak, Finding Mr. Destiny, Midnight Runners, The King of Jokgu and The Tower.
Genres ranging from comedy and drama to crime and action, the movies well represent Korea’s history, society and culture, said the South Korean Embassy in Dhaka.
The film festival is open to all and is free of charge.
Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) – An eight-day Bangladesh-India food festival began at a restaurant in Mumbai, India on Tuesday showcasing various delicious food items from the two countries.
Hilsa-polao of Bangladeshi culinary expert Nayana Afroz was the main attraction on the opening day of the festival which will continue till October 16 at Mustard Restaurant there.
Besides, different foods like Dhaka’s traditional items tehri, prawn fry, pitha (sweet cakes), halua and fruit-sandesh (sweetmeat made of fruits) are exhibited in the festival.
Mustard Restaurant’s owner Punam Singha, West Bengal’s culinary expert Pritha Sen, Bangladeshi culinary expert and officials from Bangladesh Deputy High Commission at Mumbai were present at the opening ceremony.
Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai Md Lutfur Rahman thanked all those who are involved in the arrangement of the festival and wished its success, said a press release.
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) – “I had never thought or felt that I would do something other than music in my life.” This is how a leading exponent of modern music, Fahmida Nabi, puts her thoughts and love for music and life.
The worthy daughter of prominent singer Mahmudun Nabi, Fahmida Nabi, however, had no idea that music can be a source of income, too.
“You need to create happiness inside you. Life is mixed with full of happiness and sorrows. I would love to put my life in a place which is free from complexity,” she told UNB in an interview.
The National Award winning singer Fahmida Nabi, having a melodious voice, believes, “People will look beautiful if you have the eyes to see beauty. I am not beautiful. You have the eyes to see beauties in me.”
The singer grew up in an extremely inspirational and cultural-minded family where music was deeply-rooted.
“It was my mother who decided to bring a classical music teacher – Ustad Aman Ullah Khan - for us,” Fahmida recalled taking a trip down the memory lane.
Talking about her father, she said her father sang each of the songs with much love from his heart. “These songs are still alive in people’s hearts.”
The prominent singer thinks many youngsters are singing very well now but they need to give proper and continuous concentration on what they are doing.
These days Fahmida is also writing songs, and articles for media outlets. “I can see whole sky through my window. It gives me much happiness when I see rain through my window. A cup of tea having visible vapour and a book in hand - I love this kind of environment which inspires me to think and write.”
Fahmida says she does not have any free time and she, in fact, loves to remain engaged with work, no matter what type of work it is.
“I love to inspire myself. I create enthusiasm inside me. I find my daughter – Anmol - as strength within me,” she said.
Fahmida, the elder sister of the eminent singer Samina Chowdhury and popular musician Pancham, values friendship with people deeply. “I love to interact with people. You can say I talk too much.”
She achieved many prestigious awards including the precious National Film Award as the Best Female Playback Singer (2007) for the song 'Lukochuri Lukochuri Golpo' in the film 'Aha', Channel i Performance Award as the Best Singer (2008), Meril Prothom Alo Award as the Best Singer (2009), Channel i-Citycell Award as the Best Singer (2013), and Channel i Music Award (2016 and 2017).
Grand Rapids, Oct 6 (AP/UNB) — A performance about identity and race and a series of photographs about humanity's shared connections won grand prizes in a popular art competition in western Michigan.
New Jersey-based Le'Andra LeSeur's "brown, carmine, and blue" performance won the $200,000 juried grand prize at the 10th international ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.
"I'm really a loss for words," LeSeur said afterward.
She described her work as primarily about identity, and the way people navigate their lives and ultimately how they find joy. The work has a performance piece, video work and an installation element.
LeSeur said she performed on stage for 13 days carrying, at times, a cinder block representing the weight and pain we carry in life. The video work showed clips of her and members of her family interacting. And for the installation segment, the cinder blocks were merged with neon and other lighting to create a mood.
"This will definitely put me in the space of creating more work," she said of the prize. "It will also allow me to help other black, female artists get their voices out there."
Photographs by Indiana-based Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez won the $200,000 public vote grand prize for "THE STRING PROJECT."
"Tears came first and words came later," Nix said afterward, noting she and Cortez came out on top because their message was executed in such a simple way that even a child could understand it quickly.
"It made people feel something they haven't felt in a while," Nix said. "It made them feel vulnerable."
The grand prize winners were announced Friday night in the competition which featured more than 1,260 artworks displayed at over 160 venues. Eight other entries each won a $12,500 award.
Artists from around the world vied for $500,000 in cash prizes.
ArtPrize started last month and spans 19 days. It wraps up Sunday. The public votes on the artwork using mobile devices and the web. A group of international art experts determines the winners of the juried awards.
Photos in "THE STRING PROJECT" were taken across five continents.
"The string that runs through each portrait underscores that our similarities are greater than our differences, and what unites us is stronger than what divides us," ArtPrize Executive Director Jori Bennett said of the entry.
Lauren Haynes, curator of Contemporary Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, said "brown, carmine, and blue" is about "what it means to be black, what it means to be a woman, what it means to be queer."
Michigan winners include "PULSE Nightclub: 49 Elegies" by John Gutoskey of Ann Arbor; "The Phoenix" by Joe Butts of Oxford; "Moving Experience" by #shangled of Sparta; "Sonder" by Megan Constance Altieri of Grand Rapids; and "Heidelbergology; 2+2=8" by Tyree Guyton Heidelberg Project in Detroit.
Following this year, organizers plan to hold ArtPrize every other year instead of annually.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – Master painter Shahabuddin Ahmed has urged everyone to contribute to the making of a real-life feature length film on the best of Bangladesh.
In a video message, Shahabuddin has requested all to donate as little as Tk 10, which will be used to film ‘High Tunes, Bangladesh DNA’ by French filmmaker Isabelle Antunès.
“The role of artists, such as me and director Isabelle is to portray the realities of life and bring a positive change in people and society,” the master painter added.
“We saw Satyajit Ray make several films with minimal funds, such as Pather Panchali, which had taken the world by storm. Real artists who are immensely talented and strive to bring about that positive change often fall short of accumulating the funds required to make a film. If everyone contributes Tk 10 each that would help a lot,” he said.
Shahabuddin said Isabelle loves Bangladesh. She has been to Africa, Indonesia and many other countries but she fell in love with Bangladesh and now wants to show the world its beauty.
Isabelle, who first visited Bangladesh in 2011, came to love everything about Bangladesh – its people, culture, natural beauty and such.
This is going to be Isabelle's second movie on Bangladesh. Her first film on Bangladesh was ‘Happy Rain’, an inspiring story about the development of fish farming in the flooded rice paddies during monsoon or portraying how thousands of farmers turned the floods into fish farm venture and changed their lives. The film was shown at the United Nations COP21 conference on climate change and on French Television in December 2015. Happy Rain won an award at Ekotop Film Festival in 2016 and qn azqrd qt IOFF Festival that same year.
“As I began to learn more about the culture, I discovered a profoundly artistic country where music and singing are the DNA of its people,” Isabelle observed, “So, I began to explore the work of architects, artists and musicians to see how their work is inspired today by Bangladeshi philosophers, poets and musicians. There was a high tune, resolutely modern and courageous, a tune connecting people.”
She decided to crowdfund the film by demonstrating the high demand for positive films portraying a good image of our humanity and progress because it seems essential in today's world and the dominant narratives that this High Tunes to be carried by a movement that will inspire and in turn encourage other filmmakers from all over the world to echo Bangladesh with their good stories because good stories can connect people.
More information about the film and procedure to contribute can be found at http://hightunes-thefilm.com.
Filming will take place in Dhaka and rural Bangladesh, while post-production will be done in Paris.
According to the filmmaker’s schedule, the post-production of the film will be completed by April 2019, just in time to showcase it at the Cannes Film Festival later in May.
French producing house, La fabrique du géographe is partnering with Cosmos Foundation and PayWell to make this pioneering movement a success.