Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale – was selected for screening at the prestigious DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, under the Global Vision category in South Korea, on 21st September 2019. The initial screening was followed by a special discussion session – ‘Bangladesh Night’ organised by CRI at the festival venue. CRI Trustee Nasrul Hamid and the film director Piplu R Khan were present at the event.
A second screening of Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale was held on 23rd September 2019. Festival organizers and local audience including students from several universities were in attended the screening.
The Bangladesh Embassy in South Korea also arranged a separate screening of the film for the diplomatic community at Seoul on 22nd September 2019. Ms Abida Islam, Bangladesh’s Ambassador to South Korea, was present at the occasion along with Chairman of Youngone Corporations Mr. Kihak Sung and Honorary consular of Incheon Mr. David Kim were present there.
After the film’s release in 2018, the docu-drama has continued to inspire nations around the world, receiving rave reviews in the international film circuit. Hasina – A Daughter’s Tale has been selected for several prestigious international film festivals throughout 2019.
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 was also screened at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in Australia this August and at the Jaffna Cinema Festival in Sri Lanka between 3rd and 9th September. The documentary drama is currently scheduled to be screened at the Barcelona Asian Film Festival in Spain during October and November, 2019.
About the Festival
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, also known as DMZ Docs, launched in 2009, is a South Korean film festival for 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. This festival echoes the values of peace, life and communication, through documentary films and has grown into a documentary festival representing Korea and Asia over the past decade. This year’s documentary film shows quantitative and qualitative growth. A total 64 short films were introduced in this year including Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale.
Hasina A Daughter’s Tale
Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale is a historical docudrama that covers the assassination of Hasina’s father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of her family member in 1975. The docu-drama narrates the aftermath of the barbaric assassination of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family, and the incredible story of his daughters, Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, and their determination to fulfill their father’s dream.
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.
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 editing by Navnita Sen. The film’s soundtrack and background music was composed by Debojyoti Mishra, an internationally acclaimed Indian music composer.
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 in Jamuna Future Park, Modhumita Cinema Hall at Motijheel in Dhaka, and Silver Screen in Chattogram.
“Here, she is not the head of the state. She is a scared child recollecting the unjust murder of her father, her harrowing journey into exile, and her patient pursuit of justice.
Remove all legacy, all politics, all dynamics, you are left with a personal story. A redemption. A triumph. An antidote to revenge and hatred. Personally, I still marvel today, how the person Sheikh Hasina, could live with the fact that 21 of her family members were brutally murdered. Including children, who did not have anything to do with politics. And yet, some of her father’s killers are still breathing freely.”
State Minister for Power Energy and Mineral Resources, Nasrul Hamid at the special discussion session – ‘Bangladesh Night’ organised by CRI
Audience Reaction to ‘Hasina A Daughter’s Tale’