The sixth edition of ‘Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema’, as a part of the 18th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), concluded on Monday with a declaration that proposed a goal to increase the worldwide number of female filmmakers by fifty percent in 2020.
The ongoing DIFF features some of its recurring and acclaimed segments, and the conference again enthralled the film enthusiasts like the previous years.
The two-day long international conference was held at the Dhaka Club Samson Lounge. It focused on major issues and possible solutions concerning women in the film industry in national and international spheres.
Focusing on matters such as improving the standard and content of women based cinema and creating interactions among the women who are involved in the medium of cinema through exchanging ideas and sharing diverse experiences, a total of six keynote papers were presented in this two-day international conference.
The first day featured the presentations on three keynote papers- Recognition of Women Professionals: On and Off the Lens by Fatima Amin from the Film and Television Department of Jagannath University, Hard Won Lessons by Hannah Fisher, international film programmer, festival director and activist from Toronto, Canada, and New Trends in Feminist Films from South Asia by Meenakshi Shedde, journalist and award-winning film critic based in Mumbai, India.
On Sunday, the conference began with three other keynote papers - Reaching Out and Linking Arms Around the World by Sydney Levine, trainer/ educator, writer and consultant for the festival and international sales and financing strategies from Los Angeles, USA, Bangladeshi Women’s Contribution in the Technical Fields of Cinema by Chaitali Somadder, independent filmmaker, editor and instructor from Dhaka and TahaderKotha: the Binaries between Public-Private: Depiction of Refugee Women Breadwinners in Post-Partition Bengali Cinema (1950s to 1970s) by DrDebjaniHalder, independent filmmaker and film research officer, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
The closing and declaration ceremony was presided over by the conference director Sydney Levine, followed by Liberation War Museum Trustee Mofidul Hoque.
Rainbow Film Society initiated this international conference as a part of the on-going 18th Dhaka International Film Festival 2020, which began in Dhaka on January 11 and will continue till January 19.