‘Shramik Awaaz (Workers Voices) and ‘Rope’, two documentary films of Bangladesh are going to compete in the upcoming documentaries festival titled ‘Film Southasia 2017’ (FSA) held at Kathmandu, Nepal on November 2.
A total of 46 documentaries have been selected from 300 films submitted for the 11th edition of the festival this year.
‘Shramik Awaaz (Workers Voices) and ‘Rope’ from Bangladesh are two documentaries in the list.
Besides, ‘The Scar’ directed by Pradip Ghosh will also be screened in the Documentaries of Decent category from Bangladesh.
Produced by Chaumtoli Huq and directed by Mohammad Romel, ‘Shramik Awaaz ( Workers Voices) is based on the real life of garment workers in Bangladesh.
The shooting of the documentary took place in the year of 2015 and 2016 at different places of the country mainly in the capital city.
The documentary has emphasized on the importance of trade union of the workers.
The documentary film ‘Shramik Awaaz’ will also be screened at the 46th Annual Conference of South Asia in the United States next month.
The documentary earlier participated in the New York International Festival.
On the other hand, ‘Rope’ is directed by Yasmine Kabir. Her two earlier documentaries ‘The Last Rites’ and ‘A Certain Liberation’ were widely admired.
Organisers of the festival said, “FSA’17 will screen 46 films. Another 12 films will be screened in the special non-competitive section, “Documentaries of Dissent”.
Continuing the precedent set in FSA’15, we will also screen six films under the “Student Films” category to showcase the work of the next generation of filmmakers.
Starting from November 2 the festival will be continued for November 5.
It may be mentioned that, Film Southasia (FSA) is a biennial festival that was set up in 1997 with the goal of popularising the documentary so that it entertains, informs and changes lives.
In addition to the festival that takes place in Kathmandu every two years, FSA organises screenings, discussions and workshops across Southasia to promote Southasian non-fiction within the Subcontinent and around the world.
Film Southasia believes that film is a powerful medium that helps to not only in better represent the region internationally, but also contributes immensely in introspection and initiatives to bring change at the local level.