Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

10th ‘Liberation DocFest’ begins

140 documentaries from 40 countries being screened at the festival

10th ‘Liberation DocFest’ begins

The 10th edition of ‘Liberation DocFest’, a documentary festival on liberation and human rights, began at Liberation War Museum (LWM) in the capital on Friday.

The inaugural ceremony of the festival was held at the LWM auditorium in the evening.   Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud attended the programme as the chief guest.

A total of 140 documentaries from 40 countries are being screened at the five-day festival. Four exhibitions have been arranged daily in the main auditorium of the Liberation War Museum in the city’s Agargaon. In addition, selected images will be streamed online every day.

The five-day festival, previously known as the International Festival of Docufilms on Liberation and Human Rights, has generated much interest among film lovers at home and abroad.

The 10th edition of Liberation DocFest features two sections-- the National Competition Section and the International Competition Section.

Liberation War Museum has organised the festival in association with Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bangladeshi conglomerate Cosmos Group.

The jury members for the National Competition Section for this year’s festival are leading Bangladeshi filmmaker and German expatriate Shaheen Dil Riaz Ahmed, artist and art critic Mostafa Zaman and actress Bonna Mirza, while the jury for the International Competition consists Pakistani documentary filmmaker Ammar Aziz, Alex Lee, director of the New Zealand DockAge Documentary Festival, and Mita Suri of the Sheffield DocFest, the leading documentary festival in the UK.

The best film from National category will receive Tk 1,00,000 while the best international film will receive $ 1,000 as price money.

This year's Liberation DocFest is set to conclude on March 15.

The Liberation DocFest Bangladesh previously known as ‘International Festival of Docufilms on Liberation and Human Rights’ is a festival dedicated to documentary cinema, aiming 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.