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Manzare Hasin Murad speaks at the programme. Photo: Bengal Foundation
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To mark the 25th anniversary of Alternative Film Movement in Bangladesh, a discussion was held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on January 27. Jointly organised by Bangladesh Short Film Forum and monthly literary magazine Kali O Kolom, the discussion featured filmmakers and film enthusiasts as the speakers.

The discussants at the programme highlighted the chronology of alternative filmmaking in Bangladesh and its possibilities in future. Filmmaker and critic Manzare Hasin Murad anchored the programme. Abul Hasnat, editor of Kali O Kolom, gave the welcome speech. Among the speakers, filmmakers Morshedul Islam and Nasiruddin Yousuff; author Hasnat Abdul Hai and Information Secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamun discussed on the issue.

Although Morshedul Islam's “Agami” (1984) is widely considered as the first film marking the movement, there are some debates about how it began. Some critics consider Zahir Raihan's “Stop Genocide” (1971) as the first independent film in Bangladesh. Some also refer to “Surja Dighal Bari” (1979) as the stepping-stone, as it was the first independent film funded by Bangladesh Government.

Both the critical and commercial successes of Islam's “Agami” and Tanvir Mokammel's “Hooliya”(1984) forced critics to consider them as the pioneering films of the 'short film movement' which later transformed into the Alternative Film Movement in Bangladesh.

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