The screening of 'ShuntekiPao' (Are You Listening), a Kamar Ahmad Simon-directed and Sara Afreen-produced film, will be held at Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeethat 6:00 pm on Tuesday.
Bengal Practice Studio will organize the screening as part of the Bengal Foundation Arts Programme.
This creative documentary cinema has achieved national and international accolades and awards. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session exclusively with writer-director Kamar Ahmad Simon.
Director Kamar Ahmad Simon told UNB "By the coastal belts of Bangladesh, in a small village named 'Sutarkhali', Rakhi (27) lives with her man Soumen (32) and their son Rahul (6). Fighting against all the odds of the woods, along with around a 100 families, they cultivate the land for generations. On May 25, 2009, when Rahul is only 4 years old, a tidal surge hits the coastal belts of Bangladesh."
He went on to add that "The movie is about Rakhi's's hope to ensure a dignified future for her son Rahul. It's about her jobless husband Soumen's frustration for failing to provide for his family, and about a community's struggle to get back the land they have lost."
The director is a poet in private, an architect by training. Kamar is considered as Auteur du jour from Bangladesh for critical realist view of his time and space. La Bibliothèque publique d'information (BPI) France, Johns Hopkins University USA have acquired his film and Conference of Youth (COY) in Paris and Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) London have exhibited his work.
His debut film 'Are You Listening' (Shunte Ki Pao!) was awarded 'Grand-Prix' at Cinema du reel Paris and 'Golden-Conch' in MIFF Mumbai whileit was premiered as 'Curtain Opener' of Dok-Leipzig and was an official selection of IDFA.
Last year Kamar won the 'Best Project Award' and 'ARTE International Prix' in Locarno Film Festival (Open Doors) for his work-in-progress 'Day After Tomorrow', the 2nd part of a 'Water Trilogy' (1st part 'Are You Listening'), and was selected as one of the 15 invitees for Cinefondation Atelier in Cannes Film Festival for the same project.
Kamar has also been awarded prestigious WCF from Berlinale Film Festival this year for his first feature script 'Iron Stream' (Shikolbaha). Leading Asian Broadcasters NHK (Japan), KBS (Korea), PTS (Taiwan) and MediaCorp (Singapore) co-produced his works as winning ideas of The Asian Pitch.
Kamar masterminded discourses where filmmakers like Claire Denis, Victor Kossakovsky were invited to Bangladesh.