February 5, 2008

EVENTS: 1st Int'l Children's Film Festival - Bangladesh

1st Int'l Children's Film Festival - Bangladesh
Daylong seminar on cinema for children
Cultural Correspondent

The weeklong 1st International Children's Film Festival ended on
February 2 with a daylong seminar on children's films at the Seminar
Hall, Central Public Library.

Keynote papers were read out by Badal Rahman, Geeti Ara Nasreen, Fuad
Chowdhury and Anupam Hayat. Morshedul Islam, Masihuddin Shaker, Munni
Saha and Monira Morshed Munni were the moderators. Dr Muhammad Zafar
Iqbal, Professor Anisuzzaman, Atiqul Haque Chowdhury and Masihuddin
Shaker chaired the sessions.

Altogether four papers were read. Badal Rahman presented his paper on
the problems and prospects of making children's films in Bangladesh. He
explored the subject in three periods. From 1971 to 1983 our films
eulogised the Liberation War and later highlighted social problems. From
mid-'80s to 1995, according to the speaker, alien elements and vulgarity
crept into our films. From 1995 onwards, said Rahman, attempts have been
made to get back on track.

Geeti Ara Nasreen presented her paper next. She went over the influence
of film and media on children. Nasreen believes that teachers and
guardians have to be acquainted with the media to understand its effects
on the children. "We need research involving media activists and those
who monitor it," she said. According to her "An alternative media should
be developed." Nasreen also thinks that the government should come
forward with funds and training facilities for these.


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