«We’re born storytellers»

    CANNES DOCS: International Film Initiative of Bangladesh President Samia Zaman speaks with Modern Times Review on documentary from Bangladesh and the 2021 Cannes Docs - Marché du Film South Asia Showcase.

    As part of its 2021 programme, Cannes Docs – Marché du Film has curated eight showcases as part of its docs-in-progress selections. Of these eight organisations, the South Asia Showcase (Online 7 July: 14:30 – 15:45; Onsite 10 July 10:00 – 11:15 CET) sees the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB) present four documentary films from South Asia at advanced stages of post production.

    The IFIB offers various workshops, symposiums, exhibitions, and meetings to prepare the new generation of Bangladeshi creatives to present their work to the wider international community in a more visible way. at Cannes Docs – Marché du Film, IFIB looks beyond its own borders and also presents productions/co productions representing Afghanistan, India, and Nepal.

    Ahead of the South Asia Showcase, Modern Times Review spoke with IFIB president Samia Zaman about the IFIB’s work, as well as the the history, legacy and stories of documentary in Bangladesh.

    Birds Street, a film by Hezbullah Sultani

    Can you talk a bit about what the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh does? How did you get involved with the organisation in the first place?
    The International Film Initiative of Bangladesh came out of a series of talks and seminars in Bangladesh in 2016. They were basically in the idea of a global journey of Bangladeshi films. That was the umbrella theme because I realised that although films from Bangladesh have been in international festivals, the journey hasn’t . . .

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