Sarah Nafisa Shahid

The newly urban woman in Mrinal Sen's cinema

For the legendary Bengali auteur Mrinal Sen, cinema often went hand in hand with agitprop, meaning the use of political messaging as an aesthetic element.

Once Upon a Time… in Bangladeshi Cinema

Iqbal Karim Hasnu, an author and film critic, currently based in Toronto, is also the founding editor of Bangla Journal, an annual semi-academic bilingual (Bangla and English) publication coming out of Canada.

The hidden gems from TIFF

One of North America’s most regarded film events, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), has wrapped up with Oscar buzz for

TIFF 2019: Made in Bangladesh, a melodramatic social-realism film relevant to its times

Made in Bangladesh left an impression at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it was selected as part of the

Mrinal Sen & his “Post-Mortem” of the Postcolonial Bengali Middle-Class

I first watched Mrinal Sen's Interview (1971) during my undergrad years in an attempt to watch as many “intellectual” films from the campus library as I could.

The global showcase of films

The last trimester of the calendar year is possibly the most exciting time for film lovers—prestige release season! The season opens with Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which has premiered and showcased contenders such as La La Land, The Imitation Game, and Room.

Viewership in review

As you enter one of the inner rooms of Shilpakala's Gallery-1, you notice a television with a tap attached to its screen.

The state of printmaking in Bangladesh

The tradition of printmaking has a longstanding history in Bangladesh, and in South Asia. Though the technique originated in China, printmaking quickly became a popular mode of artistic reproduction in the subcontinent. Woodblocks dabbed in paint, for example, were used to stamp patterns on fabrics—a design form known as “block print”.

June 15, 2020
June 15, 2020

The newly urban woman in Mrinal Sen's cinema

For the legendary Bengali auteur Mrinal Sen, cinema often went hand in hand with agitprop, meaning the use of political messaging as an aesthetic element.

February 22, 2020
February 22, 2020

Once Upon a Time… in Bangladeshi Cinema

Iqbal Karim Hasnu, an author and film critic, currently based in Toronto, is also the founding editor of Bangla Journal, an annual semi-academic bilingual (Bangla and English) publication coming out of Canada.

September 27, 2019
September 27, 2019

The hidden gems from TIFF

One of North America’s most regarded film events, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), has wrapped up with Oscar buzz for

September 20, 2019
September 20, 2019

TIFF 2019: Made in Bangladesh, a melodramatic social-realism film relevant to its times

Made in Bangladesh left an impression at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it was selected as part of the

January 11, 2019
January 11, 2019

Mrinal Sen & his “Post-Mortem” of the Postcolonial Bengali Middle-Class

I first watched Mrinal Sen's Interview (1971) during my undergrad years in an attempt to watch as many “intellectual” films from the campus library as I could.

September 28, 2018
September 28, 2018

The global showcase of films

The last trimester of the calendar year is possibly the most exciting time for film lovers—prestige release season! The season opens with Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which has premiered and showcased contenders such as La La Land, The Imitation Game, and Room.

September 7, 2018
September 7, 2018

Viewership in review

As you enter one of the inner rooms of Shilpakala's Gallery-1, you notice a television with a tap attached to its screen.

August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018

The state of printmaking in Bangladesh

The tradition of printmaking has a longstanding history in Bangladesh, and in South Asia. Though the technique originated in China, printmaking quickly became a popular mode of artistic reproduction in the subcontinent. Woodblocks dabbed in paint, for example, were used to stamp patterns on fabrics—a design form known as “block print”.

August 10, 2018
August 10, 2018

Age of innocence - news discourse surrounding a students' movement

“They should have taken our demands seriously, but they didn't," Imran Ahmed, a protesting student, told Al Jazeera on August 3, the fifth day of mass student protests demanding safe roads.

July 27, 2018
July 27, 2018

From Bombay to Mumbai: Sacred Games maps the city through a series of communal riots

Two weeks ago, Netflix dropped its first Indian original series which has kept everyone on their toes. Sacred Games, an adaptation of the same-titled novel by Vikram Chandra, and directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, premiered on Netflix on July 6.

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