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South Asia’s first virtual film festival, ‘8th Liberation DocFest Bangladesh-2020’ concluded recently having drawn a great response from film-lovers at home and abroad by providing a breathing ..." /> Logo
26th-Jun-2020

Highways of Life takes top prize in 8th Liberation DocFest

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Entertainment Desk :
South Asia’s first virtual film festival, ‘8th Liberation DocFest Bangladesh-2020’ concluded recently having drawn a great response from film-lovers at home and abroad by providing a breathing space for all amid Coronavirus pandemic.
The five-day festival, annually organised by the Liberation War Museum, wrapped up with a concluding and award-giving ceremony via Zoom. The closing ceremony was attended in virtual space by legendary thespian and former cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor MP, Liberation War Affairs Ministry Secretary Aminul Islam Khan, International Theatre Institute (ITI) President and noted theatre personality Ramendu Majumdar, cultural personality and Dhaka DocLab Chairman Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, media partner UNB’s Director Nahar Khan, festival director Tareq Ahmed and Liberation War Museum Trustee Mofidul Hoque along with participating filmmakers, jury board members and the organisers.
Festival director Tareq Ahmed said that a total of 1800 films were submitted in the 8th DocFest till late March and 200 were selected from the list till last April. And, finally a total of 83 films were screened throughout the five-day festival.
Noted Bangladeshi filmmaker Aka Reza Galib, jury member of the National Competition announced Khunti (Road to Roots), a Bangladesh-India joint collaboration as the winner in the ‘National Competition’ category. The director of the film, Md Zahirul Hassan, will receive Tk 100,000, a crest and a certificate.
Kim Young Woo (Programmer and chair at the DMZ DOCS festival, South Korea), jury member of the International Competition announced Highways of Life, a film from India by director Amar Maibam as the winner in the ‘International Competition’ category. Amar will receive US$1,000, a crest and a certificate.
Apart from these two major awards, two Youth Jury Awards were announced in the ceremony.
True False & A Revolution by Farid Ahmad won the Youth Jury Award in the ‘National Competition’ and Butterflies in Berlin - Diary of a Soul split in two by Italian filmmaker Monica Manganelli won as part of the ‘International Competition’ section.
 Nepalese filmmaker Subina Shrestha announced Galena by Ezzatollah Parvazeh of Iran as the Special Mention in the ‘International Competition’ category.