9th Liberation DocFest begins April 6

110 documentaries to be screened at the 5-day festival

Culture Desk

1 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

9th Liberation DocFest begins April 6

The film ‘Mother Tongue’ will be screened on the second day of the festival

The 9th edition of Liberation DocFest will begin on April 6. Liberation War Museum is organising the five-day festival.      

Marking the golden jubilee of country’s independence and silver jubilee of Liberation War Museum, the festival will introduce a series of new screening sessions and special ceremonies. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the festival will be held virtually.

A total of 110 documentary films will be screened at the festival. In the meantime, 1900 films from 112 countries have been submitted to the organisers, among them110 films will be selected for the festival, sources said.

Nine documentaries will be screened at the foreign competition categories. The foreign films will be selected by a jury, consisted of famous film personalities of the South Asia region, including, Indian renowned filmmaker Supriyo Sen, Nepalese director Mitu Varma and South Korean filmmaker Moon Chil-Park.

While, five documentaries will be selected for the local films competition category. National Award-winning filmmaker Shabnam Ferdousi, veteran director Shameem Akhtar and film critic Alam Khorshed will select the local films. 

The festival will also screen 12 documentaries, along with a special exhibition of twenty five one-minute short films.

Besides, a workshop and pitching session titled ‘Exposition of Young Film Talents: Storytelling Workshop for Documentary Filmmakers’ will be held on April 7-10, in association with Dhaka DocLab.

The Liberation DocFest Bangladesh previously known as ‘International Festival of Docufilms on Liberation and Human Rights’ is a festival dedicated to documentary cinema, seeking to highlight the struggle for Liberation and Human Rights of people in various parts of the world and its contemporary significance.  It seeks to uphold new forms of viewing the human suffering and struggle for justice in global perspective. Festival also focuses on breaking new ground and on the great diversity and vitality of storytelling and creativity of the documentary genre.