Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale – was screened at the prestigious DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, under the Global Vision category in South Korea, on 21st September 2019. A second screening of Hasina: A Daughter’s Tale is scheduled for 23rd September 2019.
The 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.
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.
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.
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 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 this year.
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 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.