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Jan 24, 2021

Dhaka International Film Festival concludes

The 19th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) concluded on Sunday. During the 9-day long festival which started on 16 January, 226 films from 73 countries were shown. 

Kyrgyz film ‘The Road to Eden’ jointly directed by Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar won the best film award at the festival. The film tells the struggle of an old writer who wishes to promote literature to bring enlightenment to his people.
In the Asian competition section, the Best Director award was given to Ksenia Langutina for the film Farida. The film is jointly produced by Azerbaijan and Russia. 

Masud Hasan Ujjal won the Best Film Award in the Bangladesh Panorama section for his film ‘Unponchash Batash’
The Best Audience award was won by the film ‘Gondi’ directed by the Bangladeshi director Arefeen Khan.
Information Minister of Bangladesh Dr. Hasan Mehmud was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Mahmud said that the government has taken several steps to promote films in Bangladesh. He said that the government will take steps to reopen the closed cinema halls in the country and to technologically upgrade the cinema halls already running. 
State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chief Patron of the Dhaka International Film Festival expressed happiness at the successful organising of the festival.

The Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) had introduced a new section this year on the ‘World Leaders who changed society’ under which films on Mahatma Gandhi, Lenin, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were shown during the festival.

The DIFF 2021 was dedicated to the centenary year of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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