Two Bangladeshi short films and one documentary film received awards at the Bodhisattva International Film Festival (BIFF) held From February 16 to 23 in Bihar, India.
BIFF was organised as an initiative to promote the rich culture, tradition and heritage of the Indian State of Bihar whilst also encouraging cultural exchanges with different regions, states and countries.
In the festival, ‘Kobi Swamir Mrityur Por Amar Jobanbondi’ (Statement After My Poet Husband’s Death), written and directed by Tasmiah Afrin Mou and produced by Rubaiyat Hossain, won Silver Bodhisattva Award and ‘Pounopunik’ (The Hamster Wheel Rebellion) directed by Khandaker Sumon won Bodhisattva Jury Mention Award in the International Short Film category, while ‘Jonmosathi’ (Born Together) by Shabnam Ferdousi received Bodhisattva Jury Mention award in the International Documentary category.
The film ‘Kobi Swamir Mrityur Por Amar Jobanbondi’ portrays the emotions of a recently widowed woman who’s having a feeling of deliverance after the death of her poet husband. The cast of the film includes Dilruba Hossain Doyel, Ali Ahsan, Maria, Raita and Irin Parvin. National award winning editor and sound designer Sujan Mahmud was the editor and sound designer of the film, and Imranul Islam was the director of photography.
On the other hand, The story of ‘Pounopunik’ revolves around the struggle of a female sex worker to give her daughter the light of education. Being a member of the dark world, she fights hard to establish the identity of a mother over that of a sex worker. She is willing to fight against all odds in order to fulfill her daughters dream to become educated.
Produced by Idea Exchange, the screenplay of the film is written by Khandaker Sumon, who also directed the film. The central character of the film is played by Aynun Putul. Other important casts include Rani Sarker, Fazlul Haque, Farzana, Rawshan Ara Mukti, Mitu Rahman, Farzana Rumi and Manik Bahar.
Besides these three films, film director Rubaiyat Hossain’s second feature film titled ‘Under Construction’ and Young filmmaker Aung Rakhine’s debut film ‘My Bicycle’ (Maw Theng Gari) —the first ever full-length feature film in Chakma language, were nominated at the festival in the international Competition Feature and Asian Vista categories respectively.