The National Film Grant-winning short film was directed by Aka Reza Ghalib
Aka Reza Ghalib's National Film Grant-winning short film “Dhor" was screened at the auditorium of Bangladesh Film Archive on March 21.
Based on a short story by Liberation War researcher and writer Afsan Chowdhury, the short film details one day in the life of the protagonist during the Liberation War.
Director Ghalib, crew members and prominent cultural figures attended the screening.
Writer Afsan Chowdhury joined the ceremony via video conference. "Dhor is an intense and sort of an absurd short story. I have tried to tell the stories of regular people that I witnessed in 1971," he said.
"I was a bit hesitant when Ghalib showed interest in adapting my short story. But I am grateful that he finally took my story to the big screen."
The director said, "I feel like the story at the heart of our short film matters more than the making itself." He thanked author Afsan Chowdhury during his brief speech.
The 25-minute short film will have several public screenings once the pandemic is brought somewhat under control, the director said.
Ghalib’s directorial debut “Kaler Putul” was previously selected to compete in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards along with director Akram Khan’s “Khancha” (2017).