The film will feature Jaya Ahsan, Meher Afroz Shaon, Tanzir Tuhin, Gousul Alam Shawon, Anik Khan, and Wahid Ibn Reza as its voice actors in major roles
“Surviving 71 - An Untold Story of an Unknown War,” Bangladesh’s first animated Liberation War film, released it first official teaser trailer on March 25. The film is written and directed by Wahid Ibn Reza, who has made a name for himself in Hollywood as a VFX artist. Wahid is currently working as associate production manager for the visual effects team at Hollywood’s renowned animation production company Sony Pictures Imageworks.
The teaser was released from Wahid Ibn Reza’s official YouTube channel and its description reads: “Three captured freedom fighters of the 1971 liberation war of Bangladesh, reminiscence about what brought them to the war as they prepare to face their ultimate demise, getting shot in the back and thrown out of a moving train.”
The Dhaka Tribune's Showtime contacted Wahid to ask him about the estimated release date of the project. He said: "We are targeting March 2020, which depends on further funding."
He also mentioned that the latest updates on the project can be found on the official website and the official Facebook fan page of the film "Surviving 71."
Wahid had previously told Dhaka Tribune’s Showtime that the feature length version of this film will be based on real life experiences of Wahid’s father Rezaul Karim, a freedom fighter, academician, and former minister of Bangladesh.
The film will depict the story of Rezaul, a student at Mymensingh Teachers’ Training College during the war in 1971, who was picked up and arrested from there by Pakistani forces.
Nahid F Rahman is the film’s logo designer, Stellar Boar Productions is handling the film’s animation & VFX, Curtis Rioux is the animator, Daniel Elliot is behind VFX and compositing.
The teaser’s music was done by Meghdol’s Rasheed Sharif Shoaib and Rajesh Saha was its sound designer.
Wahid joined the Bardel Entertainment animation studio after his graduation and had worked there for a few years. He later joined the famous Moving Picture Company (MPC) as project coordinator and worked for the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” project.
The artist has also worked for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” (2016) and “Doctor Strange” (2016) during his tenure in the Method VFX Studios.
Wahid worked with visual effects teams of Hollywood’s “Furious 7” (2015), “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015), “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (2014) and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
In 2017, “Doctor Strange” was nominated for the Academy Awards for the best VFX which made him a part of an Oscar nominated team.