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Biopic on Italian missionary priest who was honoured as ‘freedom fighter’ to begin filming

  • Published at 09:33 pm September 11th, 2020
Father Marino Rigon shakes hand with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Collected

A recipient of “Friends of Liberation War Honour,” Father Marino Rigon spent 61 years of his life, serving tirelessly and admirably as a missionary in Bangladesh

Father Marino Rigon, an Italian Xaverian missionary priest, took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 by sheltering and taking care of injured freedom fighters. He spent 61 years of his life, serving tirelessly and admirably as a missionary in Bangladesh.

Father Marino Rigon, a recipient of “Friends of Liberation War Honour,” was laid to eternal rest in Mongla of Bagerhat as per his final wish in 2018.

A biopic on the exemplary life of the missionary priest titled Rigon: Tale of a Father, directed by Hemanta Sadeeq and written by Dr Shahaduzzaman, would begin shooting in December.

In a press conference held on September 10 at Villaverla, Italy, the news was announced.  

The honourable minister of Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque, the honourable Ambassador of Italy to Bangladesh HE Enrico Nunziata, the honourable Ambassador of Bangladesh to Italy Abdus Sobhan Sikder, Mayor of Villaverla Ruggero Gonzo, Lieutenant Colonel Quazi Sajjad Zahir, and Executive Producer Liza Asma Akhter among others attended the conference. 

Father Rigon’s siblings and nephews also attended the conference.

Director Sadeeq said, “This is an Italian-Bangladeshi joint production. We are trying to gather an international cast and crew. The Father’s family has already given us immense support. I hope, with this film, we will able to shed a light on the Father's life that was a gift to so many of our countrymen who were hurting.”

Born in Villaverla, Vicenza, Italy in 1925, Marino Rigon moved to Bangladesh in 1953. During the Liberation War, he tended to the wounded. He made a significant contribution to the Catholic Church in Bangladesh. 

Father Rigon was known for his dedication towards education. He established seventeen educational institutions, and famously translated a number of literary works, including a total of 40 works of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, 350 songs by the mystic poet Lalon Fakir and Jasim Uddin's Nakshikanthar Math, into Italian.

In 2009, the Father was conferred honorary citizenship of Bangladesh by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and awarded with Muktijuddho Moitri Sommanona in 2012 for his tireless contribution during the Liberation War.

In 2014, the Father was taken back to Italy after he had been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. He only agreed to go back after getting assurance from his family that his remains would be buried in Bangladesh. 

Shooting of the biopic will be held in Italy, Bangladesh and a few European countries. Previously, the film was titled The Father: An Untold Story.


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