Hasina – A Daughter’s Tale at DMZ International Documentary Film Festival

After the successful screenings of ‘Hasina – A Daughter’s Tale’ at film festivals in South Africa and India, the docu-drama is now on its way to inspire the South Korean audience. ‘Hasina – A Daughter’s Tale’ has been chosen for screening under the Global Vision category at the 11th edition of the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, which will be held from 20th to 27th September 2019.

DMZ Docs, which was launched in 2009, echoes the values of peace, life and communication, through documentary films. In last 10 years, DMZ Docs has grown to become one of the leading and dynamic documentary film festivals. It endeavors to look at the trends of contemporary documentary films and discover the future leading documentary filmmakers.


After the film’s release in 2018, the docu-drama has continued to educate nations around the world. It was screened earlier at the Durban Film Festival in South Africa and at Jagran Film Festival, one of the largest travelling film festivals, held in India. It is also currently scheduled to premiere at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in Australia in August and at the Barcelona Asian Film Festival in Spain in October.

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The film revolves around the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana as they recall memories from their early life back in Gopalganj’s Tungipara and progresses on to accounts from their life in exile in Europe and India during the aftermath of the assassination of her father and family. This is followed by intimate detail of her return to Bangladesh in the 80s, her fight for democracy during Ershad’s presidency, her loss in the 1991 polls, constantly put under house arrest afterwards as well as the several assassination attempts on her life. Overall, it demonstrates a heartrending biopic of what the title of the film portrays, which is a fascinating account of a daughter’s perspective how the country’s darkest hours had changed her life forever. Here Sheikh Hasina has been depicted as a personality who represents the flow of history of Bangladesh. The filmmaker’s intention throughout the process has been to convey the story in an authentic manner, unmarred by any influence, and he has created a tale that has immense appeal for a wider audience willing to understand Bangladesh more closely.

Bangabandhu’s grandson and Centre for Research and Information (CRI) Trustees Radwan Mujib Siddiq and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid produced the docu-drama. A team of international personalities have also collaborated including cinematography by Sadik Ahmed and edited by Navnita Sen. The film’s soundtrack and background music was by Debojyoti Mishra, an internationally acclaimed Indian music composer, has composed the musical score.

Hasina a Daughter’s Tale was released on 16th November 2018 at the Star Cineplex in the capital’s Bashundhara City mall. The film was also run Blockbuster Movie of the Jamuna Future Park, Modhumita Cinema Hall at Motijheel in Dhaka, and Silver Screen in Chattogram.

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