Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Three-day film fest concludes

“Roman Holiday” was one of the highlights of the festival.

“Roman Holiday” was one of the highlights of the festival.

A three-day film festival, that began on Wednesday at the auditorium of Mymensingh Muslim Institute in the town concluded on April 26.

The festival, with the theme “Alokito Manush Chai”, was held under Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO Participation Programme, and was organised by Bishwa Sahitya Kendra (BSK), Dhaka.

A capacity audience at the venue — most of them students — enjoyed every show of the festival.

During the festival, a total of nine films, including Satyajit Ray’s “Hirok Rajar Deshe” and Tareque and Catherine Masud’s “Muktir Gaan”, were screened at different spots of the district.

Foreign films screened at the festival were “Neighbour”, “The Red Balloon”, “A Chairy Tale”, “Children of Heaven”, “Bicycle Thieves”, “The Railroader” and “Roman Holiday”.

The venues where the films screened were — Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural University, Govt. Ananda Mohan College and at Haji Jalaluddin High School.

Leader of the festival, Md. Faruq Hossain inaugurated the event. Monitoring Officer Samarendu Biswas and in-charge of Mobile Library Robiul Islam were also present at the ceremony.

Talking to this correspondent, the organisers said, BSK holds such festivals in 64 districts of the country to promote films at schools and colleges.

Film is a great source of positive learning outside the classrooms and to render such messages among the young learners. BSK has been working throughout the country with a view to creating new learners, they said.

Rakhi, a college student who enjoyed three films at Muslim Institute Auditorium said that such festivals could play a vital role for positive learning, not only for students but also for people who have no scope of formal education.

The festival was also held in Netrokona on April 27 and April 28, sources said.