As solitary as a cat while free as a bird, BiralPakhi reflects on its name for a definitive goal of bringing cinema communities together who sincerely dedicate their true love to cinema and its experimental application.
It all started with Ishtiaque Zico’s idea to instill the ethos of a cinema club inside the hearts of people around him. His short film 720 Degrees is the only Bangladeshi film yet to enter the Venice International film Festival followed by several other nominations in different international film fests. He has also won the HBO Short Film Award at SAIFF in New York; USA. As a matter of fact, the power of these amazing achievements is only second to the passion of all people combined at BiralPakhi Cine Club. Aspired to bring all cinema people under one roof, BiralPakhi has become a cinema hub.
Members of BiralPakhi range from below-the-line crew to renowned directors. However, this is not merely an audience exclusive club. Rather, it is primarily a community of filmmakers only, which includes all the people connected to creation of cinema. Beside its dint of experimentation, the club has the intention to work with and within the Bangladeshi cinema industry. This has recently led to, one of the prominent filmmakers of our industry, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s presence at BiralPakhi.
“I have rediscovered the youth in cinema through this new crowd which reminds me of my early days.” – Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
The cat and bird appear together at every BiralPakhir Mojma; an event held once every month at different location all over Dhaka city. Mojma stands for meeting of people or a gathering of minds alike. The upcoming Mojma, Mojma 5.0, which is scheduled to take place on October 15, will feature renowned architect and film maker Enamul Karim Nirjhar, where he will embark on a two-way discussion with the audience to relate architecture with cinema. Cinemas are created, shown, talked-about, debated-on and studied in general amongst its peers at these events. For someone visiting Mojma, it appears to be an inspiring get-together of a few hundred cinema folks. It’s a place where fellow filmmakers foster and inspire each other.
Signifying on the freedom of exploring the cinema form, president Zico welcomes anyone with passion, to jump-start. The philosophy of BiralPakhi dictates a rule of idea-before-action. This means, you don’t need to own flashy gears to start making cinema; all you need is cinematic conviction. According to Zico: “If you have accidentally created something out of just a phone’s camera and your cinematic muse, you are welcome to become a member of BiralPakhi Cine Club.”
An artistic revolution might just be on its way for the country. Most members of BiralPakhi Cine Club believe that it’s only a matter of time before this movement spearheads a cinematic evolution for a cinema-loving nation.