The 9th edition of Liberation DocFest Bangladesh concluded on Saturday, crowning Mahdi Fleifel (Denmark/Lebanon) directed ‘3 Logical Exits’ as the best film of the International Competition section.
The five-day festival, which has drawn a tremendous response and participation from film enthusiasts around the world by providing a breathing space for all amid the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row, also crowned the film ‘Why Not’ in the National Competition section, directed by Shekh Al Mamun.
Organized annually by the Liberation War Museum (LWM), the 9th edition wrapped up with a concluding and award-giving ceremony on Saturday night via Zoom. The closing ceremony was joined by legendary actor and former Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor MP, Liberation War Museum Trustee Mofidul Hoque, award-winning filmmaker, educator and also late filmmaker Tareque Masud's wife and Chairperson of Tareque Masud Memorial Trust (TMMT) Catherine Masud, one of the National Competition jurors Alam Khorshed, festival director Tareq Ahmed and participating filmmakers from the different regions of the world.
Summarizing the festival, Liberation DocFest director Tareq Ahmed said that almost 2000 films were submitted in this year’s edition, and a total of 164 documentaries from 51 countries were screened throughout the five-day festival.
The director of the film will receive Tk One Lakh, a crest and a certificate.Asaduzzaman Noor announced ‘3 Logical Exits, a film about the ongoing crisis in Palestine directed by Mahdi Fleifel as the winner in the ‘International Competition’ section. He will receive 1,000 USD, a crest and a certificate.
Alogside these two major awards, two Youth Jury Awards were announced in the ceremony. 'Jolo Guerilla '71" by Sumon Delwar was announced by Moutusi Jubaida Rahman as the winner in the National Competition and 'Son of the Streets', directed by Palestinian filmmaker Mohammed Almughanni was announced the best film in the International Competition section, announced by Lamia Tasneem.
Special Jury Mention in the International Competition category for this year's festival was announced by Jury member Emmanuel Moonchil Park for 'Home, and a Distant Archive', directed by Dorothy Cheung. She is a filmmaker and artist, currently based in Hong Kong.
Festival authority announced that viewers from Bangladesh can enjoy all of the films till the end of this month, on the website of the Liberation DocFest.