Bangladeshi filmmaker Abrar Athar's short film, “Life in Other Words,” has created a buzz in the international film arena and has been travelling to various film festivals around the world.
Set to premiere at the San Jose International Short Film Festival, Abrar’s short film has already screened at the Bahamas International Film Festival, Around International Film Festival in Paris, Gold Movies Awards in London, as well as, several other reputed film festivals around the world.
The film has also been awarded for Best Short and Best Screenplay by the Gold Movie Awards and Best Trailer by Around International Film Festival.
The film tells a rather simple story of a typical Bangladeshi family, capturing an honest yet unique glance into the life of a Bangladeshi middle class – combined with struggles, simple joys and their collective love for cricket.
The way the story has been told has so far garnered high praised and gained international recognition
Abrar Athar is a Bangladesh-based filmmaker and co-founder of the advertising firm Medium Rare. With an eye for breathtaking visuals and a knack for visual comedy, Abrar found success directing commercials and TV shows.
The director said: “’Life in Other Words’ is, before anything, a real story. A real story about real people.”
UK Film Review wrote: “A depiction of family life, filmmaker Abrar Athar's short film, ‘Life in Other Words,’ is a mischievously enjoyable piece that makes use of charm and comedy, whilst telling multiple narratives in a light hearted manner.”
“Great comedy filmmakers are hard to come by and Athar will certainly be one to watch. His timing is excellent, as is his miseen scène, and the variety of filmmaking devices he shows he can utilize well is impressive. What I am trying to say, I guess, is that this is Great in Other Words,” the review said.
Last weekend, the director and his team attended the 5th Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival in Nepal, where the short film was screened. Gaining international recognition for filmmaking is a proud moment not just for the director and his team, but also for the nation’s film industry as a whole.