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22nd DIFF: One of the most successful editions
22nd DIFF: One of the most successful editions

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22nd DIFF: One of the most successful editions

The Dhaka International Film Festival, or DIFF, was the only international film festival I knew. in my youth. The memories of standing in a queue to watch movies in the open space of the public library are still vivid in the minds of many. The public library is now being demolished for a new building. So the National Museum is now the main venue of the festival. However, there is no gathering of pedestrians as the general public has to enter through the security zone. Movie lovers are different; they watch movies from morning to evening and chat.

The pros and of the award debate
The pros and of the award debate

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The pros and of the award debate

Two things are trending on social media: 1. Controversy over a story about human sexual identity in a seventh-grade textbook, and 2. Bangla Academy Award. Both are associated with books or knowledge. It is a good sign that people are talking about books and knowledge on social media. However, the discussion about who has won the Bangla Academy Award in different genres of literature this time has been overshadowed by the fact that fiction writer Zakir Talukder returned the award ten years after receiving it. Therefore, in this article, we would like to examine the pros and cons of the Bangla Academy Award debate.

Dhaka International Film Festival was vibrantly alive in this winter
Dhaka International Film Festival was vibrantly alive in this winter

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Dhaka International Film Festival was vibrantly alive in this winter

Every year in January, the weather in our country is relatively cold. And this year, the winter is more intense compared to the past years. Amidst the winter, I took the metro from Sher-e-Bangla Nagar to Shahbag. The sole purpose - to watch a film at the Dhaka International Film Festival. It's not just about watching a movie actually. Even meeting with familiar friends seems to have another purpose. However, this time at the fair, I didn't come across someone familiar to such an extent. And many of the festival organizers are new faces to me. Since there was no hassle with tickets this time, I went inside to watch the movie after checking the schedule. Inside, at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium in the National Museum, there is no vacant seat. Effortfully, I managed to find a seat. After the movie ended, I met with some familiar faces, and I also had the opportunity to meet with the festival director, Ahmed Mujtaba Jamal.

Benevolence of hundred moonlights
Benevolence of hundred moonlights

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Benevolence of hundred moonlights

At that time, I was a rural journalist. I did not bow down to anyone in the world. I used to roam around with the UNO, OC and engage in discussions with politicians. I used to wander with them. In exchange for reporting news, I took money from them.

Rokeya's ideology: A blueprint for achieving gender equality
Rokeya's ideology: A blueprint for achieving gender equality

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Rokeya's ideology: A blueprint for achieving gender equality

Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, also known as 'Begum Rokeya', was a trailblazer in Bengal's women's empowerment movement. Her birth name was Rokeya Khatun, and she played a pivotal role in advocating for the rights and liberation of Muslim women in Bengal during the first half of the 20th century. Despite lacking formal education, Rokeya managed to educate herself and tirelessly worked towards women's education and liberation, even in the face of a hostile social environment. Her dedication and efforts in this regard are unparalleled worldwide. In reference to Rokeya, Mohitlal Majumdar aptly stated, "Just like a determined Lata yearns for light, regardless of the obstacles in her path, one can observe an unwavering inclination towards truth and beauty in this remarkable woman's life."

When I was a hero
When I was a hero

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When I was a hero

I once played the role of a hero in a play written by me. It would be correct to say that I was forced to do it.

'Mujib: The Making of a Nation' not only a movie but a document of a nation
'Mujib: The Making of a Nation' not only a movie but a document of a nation

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'Mujib: The Making of a Nation' not only a movie but a document of a nation

In memory of "Ghuddi “ film director Syed Salahuddin Zaki bhai
In memory of "Ghuddi “ film director Syed Salahuddin Zaki bhai

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In memory of "Ghuddi “ film director Syed Salahuddin Zaki bhai

I didn't have much relation with filmmaker Syed Salahuddin Zaki bhai due to our significant age gap. However, among us, there was a connection—a "hi-hello" rapport.

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