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Jaya Ahsan’s Iranian film to screen at Dhaka Int’l Film Festival

The festival will start with the film "Fereshte" in the Asian Film Competition of DIFF. The ceremony will be kicked off by famous actress Sharmila Tagore

Update : 12 Jan 2024, 12:48 PM

Jaya Ahsan's movie "Fereshte," from Iran, will be screened at the 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival starting on January 20 at the Bangladesh National Museum Auditorium. The film is directed by Morteza Atashzamzam, is a collaboration between Bangladesh and Iran. It was shot in Bangladesh and tells the touching stories of a rickshaw puller and the challenges faced by working-class people.

The festival will start with the film "Fereshte" screened at 5 pm in the Asian Film Competition of DIFF. The ceremony, beginning at 4 pm, will be kicked off by famous actress Sharmila Tagore. After the opening, there will be a cultural program. Another important film, "Mujib: The Making of a Nation," directed by Shyam Benegal, is set to be shown at 7 pm.

Ahmed Muztaba Zaman Shovon, the director of the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), shared details about the event. He mentioned that this year's focus is on 'China,' and they have organized a 'Wide-Angle Film Poster Exhibition' showcasing Chinese movies.

Sharmila Tagore, a respected member of the jury in the Asian competition section, will be joined by judges like Russian producer Anna Shalashina, Chinese film expert and producer Dr. Shi Chuan, Bangladeshi director Samia Zaman, and Thai director and producer Tom Waller. Their role involves evaluating films in various categories within the Asian competition section, such as best movie, producer, actor, actress, screenwriter, and cinematographer.

The Dhaka Film Festival will also include masterclasses by notable filmmakers. Iranian director Majid Majidi, known for "Children of Heaven," will be conducting one. Additionally, there will be masterclasses led by distinguished musician Anjan Dutt and Chinese film expert Shi Chuan.

The festival aims to present around 250 films from 75 countries, featuring competitions in diverse categories like Asian Cinema, Retrospective, Tribute, Wide Angle, Bangladesh Panorama, Cinema of the World, Children Films, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent Films, and Spiritual Films. Scheduled to take place from January 20 to 28, the Dhaka International Film Festival promises a rich and varied cinematic experience.

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