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Science Film Festival 2019 opens in Dhanmondi

  • Published at 08:58 pm October 13th, 2019
Kirsten Hackenbroch at Science Film festival
Director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh Kirsten Hackenbroch speaks at the opening ceremony held in Maple Leaf International School, Dhanmondi, on Saturday | Courtesy

Burkhard Ducoffre, deputy head of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Dr Samiya Selim, director, Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, were among the honourable guests who attended the opening event

The first ever Science Film Festival Bangladesh was opened on Saturday afternoon at the Nawab Ali Auditorium, Maple Leaf International School, Dhanmondi. Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with Jaago Foundation, Children's Television Foundation of Bangladesh, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Pasch-schools: Partners for the Future, South Point School and College, Oxford International School, Maple Leaf International School, and Mastermind International School, jointly organized the festival, to be held from 12 October to 15 November at different venues in Dhaka and Chittagong.

Burkhard Ducoffre, deputy head of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Dr Samiya Selim, director, Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, were among the honourable guests who attended the opening event. 

Kirsten Hackenbroch, director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, welcomed the distinguished guests and students from different schools.

“Science Film Festival is an offer to engage with a sustainable future for our earth,” she said in her welcome speech. “…Take it as a chance to explore diversity - via the films from around the globe and in real life by getting to know other schools’ students during screenings.”

Expressing his delight, Burkhard Ducoffre, deputy head of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, said: “Leaving the stage of a least-developed-country is a huge achievement for Bangladesh, and scientific research will be a key factor in this endeavour.” 

The Science Film Festival presents scientific issues in an accessible and entertaining manner to a broad audience, and demonstrates that science can be approached in various ways, he added.

Dr Samiya Selim, director, Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, said: "The importance of science communication is now more urgent than ever. This is why the Humboldt and Web of Life Science Festival is such a great initiative, which is addressing the importance of reaching the younger audience, and sharing the science behind climate change, plastic pollution, sustainability and other such critical issues."

The Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. The first edition of the Science Film Festival Bangladesh will take place from October 12 to 15 November.