Dilara Begum Jolly’s Jothorleena screened

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :
In its seventh edition of Through Her Eyes film screening and discussion series, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), organised the screening of Jothorleena directed by Dilara Begum Jolly at the auditorium of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh in the capital’s Dhanmondi area on September 22.
Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, inaugurated the event as the chief guest.
In addition, three performance arts video, titled Tazreen Nama, Meye Chhele and Departed Soul by the same filmmaker were also shown to the audience. Later, a lively Q&A discussion session moderated by national award winning documentary maker Shabnam Ferdousi, followed the film screening. A capacity audience at Goethe-Institut auditorium enjoyed the screenings and some made the discussion session even more interesting by asking film related questions and sometime for behind the scene stories to the filmmaker Dilara Begum Jolly.
Jothorleena is the first documentary film by Dilara Begum Jolly. The cardinal strength of this film is its aesthetic presentation.
It is a uniquely experimental production in the sense that, it stretched the customary generic parameters of a documentary film to transport it from the veridical to the poetic field.
Synopsis of Jothorleena
War initiates the destruction of the womb yet it is eclipsed by the avowed resoluteness of the survival of humanity- this is what is irrefutably established by the role Roma Chowdhury played in contributing to building a post-war society fed on the spirit of the war.
The anguish of a brow- beaten mother who had lost a child and now confronts the turbulent waves of war; nature mirroring her agonising silence; a display of indefatigable zest for life are the recipes that constitute the soul of this film.
The death-defying resilience of human spirit, a passionate radical mind nestling hidden within a ravaged body, a sapling rearing is head amidst a wasteland of destruction nourished by nature’s regenerative care many such unarticulated dialogue found expression through mind blowing succinct visual images in this film.
Women have been making films from the beginning of film production history. In Bangladesh, we currently see a number of women filmmakers actively creating and working in all genres of filmmaking.
However, it remains a challenge for a woman to be a director and continue to create a body of work. Worldwide, relatively few women can carve out that opportunity for themselves.
Through Her Eyes gives film enthusiasts, film students, academics, film professionals, funding agencies, broadcasters, rights groups and journalists a regular opportunity to watch films by women filmmakers currently working in Bangladesh and to interact with them directly at the end of the screening.
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