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‘Everyone was saying you cannot be a film-maker if you have not watched Tarkovsky’

  • Published at 10:31 pm November 15th, 2018
Rahat Rahman visits IUB Film Club
Rahat Rahman poses with IUB Film Club members at the end of the event | Courtesy

The event started at 12pm with the screening of two of Rahat’s short films,'Paangkha,' and 'The Phaneron.' Both were well received and an extensive question/answer session on the films and his career began soon after

Rahat Rahman screened his short films 'Paangkha' and 'The Phaneron,' and followed it up with a discussion on his career | Mahmudun Nabi  YouTube satirist Rahat Rahman has gained a great number of followers through his work in the advertisement industry, satirical reviews in video form on Bangla films, and his mockumentary webseries, “Team Possible.” He came to Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) yesterday to screen two of his films and answer questions on his career, at an event organized by IUB Film Club.

The event started at 12pm with the screening of two of Rahat’s short films,“Paangkha,” and “The Phaneron.” Both were well received and an extensive question/answer session on the films and his career began soon after. 

Rahat discussed the challenge of gore film in Bangladesh after the screening of “Paangkha.” The discussion after “The Phaneron” screening, dealt with the reception of art films in this generation.

After that Rahat gave a brief rundown of his career. He said: “I am from a family which is closely involved with the cultural scene of Bangladesh. My first work in my field was working as a teenage newscaster for Ekushey Television. “The Ekushey TV team was famous for making high quality content and the experience of working intrinsically as a newscaster with that team first gave rise to the interest of working in the entertainment industry. I eventually started working as an assistant director (AD) under some established directors.

“I started out as a third AD, and gradually moved up the ladder. After doing a Pran commercial, which was very well received, I started getting offers left and right. After working in the advertisement market for an extended period of time, I decided to take another break to travel the world.”

Rahat added: “What I ended up doing was making an editing panel on a rooftop room of my house. I frequently received video editing work, which eventually lead to the making of the YouTube channel ButtFiXx.”

After ButtFiXx channel’s success with the satirical video reviews of Bangladeshi films, titled “Cinemaal,” he eventually started getting more product promotional work in the satirical format that he developed.  The pilot episode of “Team Possible” was released on the ButtFiXx channel eight months ago. The team is currently looking for investors for the next season.

As a film-maker, Rahat has already collaborated with 10 other directors on the first ever anthology film made in Bangladesh, titled “Sincerely Yours, Dhaka.” The film was screened at the Busan International Film Festival 2018.

The Faculty Adviser and Club Moderator for the IUB Film Club, Tazeen Ahmed, asked how his interactions were with other would-be film-makers in the initial stages of his career. Rahat’s response was: “When I initially told some people that I wanted to be a filmmaker, they asked if I had watched films by Andrei Tarkovsky. When I said ‘no,’ they replied ‘how can you be a film-maker if you have not watched a Tarkovsky film?’ I did watch many of his works and some other classic films. Honestly speaking, I like some of Tarkovsky’s work. And I like many other films by others, but people behave as  if Tarkovsky is the be-all-and-end-all of filmmakers.”

Tazeen told Dhaka Tribune Showtime: “IUB Film Club showcases young and relatively new film-makers of the industry in their events. This encourages the student members to begin work on their own film projects.”

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