With the slogan 'Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society', the 16th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) began today in the capital, Dhaka.
The 9-day long event will end on January 20 and will screen 200 cinemas from more than 60 countries. The event is being organized by Rainbow Chalacchitra Sangshad which has been dedicated to promoting a healthy cine culture in Bangladesh and celebrating the global mainstream in films and social relevance since 1977.
The festival will have several sections including Asian Cinema Competition, Retrospective, Cinema of the World, Children's Films, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent Films, and Spiritual Films. Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will inaugurate the festival while Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu will be present as special guest.
This year, the festival will see the screening of 10 Bangladeshi films. These include 'Bhuban Majhi' directed by Fakhrul Arefeen Khan, 'Chitkini' (Rest is Silence) directed by Sajedul Awwal, 'Ekti Kabir Mrittu' (Death of a Poet) directed by Abu Sayeed, 'Halda' directed by Tauquir Ahmed, 'Kaler Putul' (Dangling by a String) directed by Aka Reza Ghalib, 'Khancha' directed by Akram Khan, 'Meyeti Ekhon Kotahay Jabe' directed by Nader Chowdhury, 'Rina Brown' directed by Shameem Akhtar, 'Shohagir Goyna' (Shohagi's Ornament) directed by Lata Ahmed, and 'Swatta' directed by Hashibur Reza Kallol.
"The films will be screened simultaneously at the several venues in the capital, including main auditorium and Sufia Kamal auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Russian Cultural Centre and Star Cineplex.
As a part of the programme, the 4th Dhaka International Women Film Makers Conference would be held on January 13 and 14at the auditorium of Alliance Francaise De Dhaka to mark women's participation in the festival.
Apart from that, 1st Asian Film Critics Assembly would be jointly organized by International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh and International Film Critics Federation on January 15 and 16.
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