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, reports UNB.
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.Organised 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, 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.
Concluding the 9th Liberation DocFest-2020, Trustee of Liberation war Museum Mofidul Hoque thanked all participating filmmakers, organisers and volunteers who came with utmost determination to organize another successful DocFest, narrating the stories of freedom and independence at their level best.
‘Why Not’ directed by Shekh Al Mamun wins the best film award in the National Competition category. ‘3 Logical Exits, a film about the ongoing crisis in Palestine directed by Mahdi Fleifel named as the best film in the ‘International Competition’ section.
Alogside these two major awards, two Youth Jury Awards were announced in the ceremony. ‘Jolo Guerilla ‘71’ by Sumon Delwar was announced 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.
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.