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12:00 AM, June 14, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 14, 2009

Bangladeshi films to be screened at South Asian Film Festival

A scene from “Aha!” -- one of the Bangladeshi films to be screened at the upcoming South Asian Film Festival.

Bangladesh will have a sizable representation at the next edition of South Asian Film Festival, to be held in the tourist paradise of Goa from June 26 to 29 this year.
Eight feature and documentary films by leading Bangladeshi directors are to be screened including Humayun Ahmed's “Shyamol Chhaya,” a film on the Liberation War, and Tanvir Mokammel's “Swapnabhumi” and “Bastro Balikara”.
Among other films by Bangladeshi directors are "Aha!" and "Megher Por Megh."
Fifty-three films from eight SAARC member-countries -- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives -- will be screened at four venues in Goa.
The films for the coming festival have been chosen by two separate committees -- including a review committee that included leading Indian directors like Goutam Ghosh and Sudhir Mishra. The films have been selected with an eye on the countries' socio-cultural-political tones, said festival secretary Rahul Barua.
Afghanistan will have two films -- "The Roots," which is about an Afghan expatriate who returns to the country after a long time and stays back, and "Opium War" directed by Siddik Barmak, which tells the story of an American soldier and the Taliban.
The Indian films in the festival include veteran director Shyam Benegal's latest film "Welcome to Sajjanpur," Madhur Bhandakar's "Fashion," "A Wednesday" starring Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher, "Little Zizou," "Anuranan" and "My Brother Nikhil."
Among the five Pakistani films are, "Ramchand Pakistani" and "Mohabattan Sachian." Six Sri Lankan movies include, "Young Monk," "Flooded River," "Death on a Full Moon Night" and "The Dark Night of the Soul."
The festival will also have 14 films from Iran including, "The Wooden Carpet," "Sound of Soil," "In An Iranian Market," "Life," "War and Nothing More," "The Empty Fish Bowl" and "Two Cups of Coffee.”

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