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'I've done everything in fellowship, and it's still possible to do that'

Swinton is a frequent attendee of Dhaka Lit Fest, and this marks her third visit

Update : 07 Jan 2023, 12:45 AM

As the second day of Dhaka Lit Fest prepared to wrap up, one of the most coveted sessions of the day was held at the AKSB Auditorium. The discussion titled Salute to Fellowship took place between Oscar-winning actor Tilda Swinton and founder-director of Dhaka Lit Fest, Ahsan Akbar.

Swinton is a frequent attendee of the literary festival, and this marks her third visit. Fans and admirers of her work rushed to get seats for the session, and the actor was welcomed with cheers and applause.

In light of the globally acclaimed actor being awarded a British Film Institute (BFI) fellowship in March of 2020, Akbar and Swinton revisited some of her work from her vast and diverse filmography, and revealed how Swinton views the world of arts.

Swinton reflected on how films continued to be made during the pandemic, and her experience working on those projects. Akbar inquired about the infamous scene from Swinton's film, "Three Thousand Years of Longing", which featured a Dhaka Lit Fest tote bag, to which Swinton explained: "I play an academic, a narratologist, and I thought, 'she needs to have been to the Dhaka Lit Fest.' So I asked for this bag."

The panelists discussed what "fellowship" means to the actor, who admitted to having been concerned about what to talk about during her visit. "I thought 'what could I possibly share that might be useful'. And [...] it occurred to me that if I'm good for anything at this great age, it might be to pass on a truth of my own life, which is that I've done everything in fellowship, and it's still possible to do that."

Swinton stressed on the idea of nurturing fellowship in whatever path one chooses to walk on, and encouraged the audience -- especially the young people in attendance -- to not believe the feeling that they are alone, and to remember that it is possible to keep moving forward in fellowship with others.

Akbar asked Swinton to share her thoughts on failure, to which she shared her life experiences and explained how things not working out helped shape her life as she knows it. "It all came right -- like it tends to, by the way, if you get it wrong enough [times]."

The conversation continued on till late evening, with more of the actor's personal and professional anecdotes being shared with a very engaged audience. The floor was opened for questions near the end, and a number of attendees got the opportunity to express their admiration for Swinton's work.

The riveting session came to an end in time for a screening of Swinton's famous film "Orlando," which completed 30 years of its release last year.

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