Film Critic and journalist Sadia Khalid will represent Bangladesh at this year's Berlinale Talents 2020 (February 20-March 1) in the category for film critics.
In harmony with this year's theme, Collectives, over 150 filmmakers, activists and artistes, from various branches of the film industry and society, will meet with 255 Talents invited from over 80 countries, including cinema lovers of Berlin. "Since 2003, twelve other Bangladeshis have represented Bangladesh in the Berlinale Talents in various other categories," says Sadia, who was the first Bangladeshi female to attend 2019 Cannes Film Festival as a jury for the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci). "However, this is the first time a Bangladeshi will be attending the event as a film critic."
Published film reviews, participation in film festivals both home and abroad, and the ability to critique are three important factors that ensure participation in Berlinale talents. "We are to submit three work samples for their consideration, as they look into our association with film through our work," mentions Sadia.
Along with her application, she turned in her article, The first timer's ultimate survival guide, based on her experience from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, her analytic piece, How Hollywood invented the 'exotic Indian', and Honest Reviews: 'Fagun Haway,' A rocky marriage between drama and comedy-- review of Tauquir Ahmed's Fagun Haway (2019). "It will be an amazing learning experience and I hope this opportunity will inspire other aspiring film critics to take this as a profession," concludes Sadia.