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Premiere of 'Corona Kal' documentary held at Star Cineplex

  • Published at 07:57 pm March 18th, 2021
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'Corona Kal' tells the story of seven people, all caught up in the pandemic in their own ways

The premiere show of the documentary 'Corona Kal,' directed by Priota Iftekhar, produced by CDC and Safetynet, was held at the Star Cineplex of Senakalyan Bhaban.

State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan, who attended the premiere, said, "The government as well as all the people of the country should be given the credit for saving the world from the scourge of Corona."

He said that from the very beginning, the government was aware of the need to prevent coronavirus, was trying its best to prevent rumours and was cooperating to ensure necessary services and facilities. 

Meanwhile, Shah Ali Farhad, special advisor to the prime minister, said that the pandemic is not over yet. However, due to the foresight of the Prime Minister, we are ahead in preventing corona as we got the vaccine in the first step. He also said that even if you get vaccinated, you must be careful and maintain the habit of adhering to social distance, wearing masks and washing hands with soap and water.

The video was created and exhibited in a joint effort by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South-East Asia Field Epidemiology and Technology Network (SafetyNet) for about eight months.

The entire audience congratulated The Flag Girl and its director Priota Iftekhar for producing this excellent documentary. They also applauded the film team for beautifully presenting the stories and emotions of the Corona period through engaging stories and images. For the last one year, Bangladesh has been fighting against the Corona epidemic. 

US CDC country head , Dr Michael Friedman and SafetyNet county head Dr Syed Hasan both , thanked the warriors for their tireless efforts and sacrifices. 

“The lessons we have learned from this epidemic must be preserved for future epidemics. It is for this purpose that the documentary has been made which will serve as a guide for the future’, said Priota Iftekhar.

Corona Kal tells the story of seven people, all caught up in the pandemic in their own ways.  A nurse, a garment worker, two primary school students, a minister, a community ward counsellor, a hospital director, and an international public health official. 

These stories tell us their personal journeys, their achievements and struggles; and highlight key aspects of the pandemic response; role of information and understanding real risk, community behavioural norms and role of community leaders, hospital infection control & medical ethics.

In this documentary, all characters share their personal and professional stories. The State Minister of Information shares how government-led awareness efforts tried to address fear, stigma, rumours and latest prevention messages and how his background as a physician shaped his roll and actions.  

The US CDC Country Director for Bangladesh provides a window into how a medical epidemiologist sees the pandemic and the country’s response as well as his own perception of risk. 

Dr Murshed, the director of the Holy Family hospital, tells us why his hospital became a Covid care center and how infection control challenges led to fear among his staff but also brought them closer together as a team. Mr Kourshed, a ward counsellor in Narayanganj, shares his remarkable story of community action and support just when fear and panic was at its peak.  

Nurse Shipa provides us with her story of courage and duty to serve those in need in a large Covid hospital despite the fear she had to overcome and the stigma she encountered.  

We see two families from different socio-economic realities and how their lives are impacted by the pandemic in different ways.  Shima, a Gazipur garment worker, must navigate a pregnancy during the pandemic and then accept the fact that her family’s economics are a priority over her fear of Covid-19.

Tridha and Nidha, primary school students in Dhanmondi, must adapt to the new global normal and attend various classes and extracurricular activities online to limit the impact of school closures on their academic and social development.

High level officials of the Bangladesh government, diplomats, filmmakers, leaders of the Ministry of Health, representatives of domestic and international aid agencies and many others were present.

Prominent personalities from the media and film and industry and commerce sectors were also present. 

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