Impress telefilm's movie 'Gariwala' directed by Ashraf Shishir is set for release in Bangladesh after Eid. Though kept veiled in the country the movie has been screened in numerous film festivals across the globe.
'Gariwala' was honoured with a chance of demonstration by thirty seven film festivals in sixteen countries worldwide and boasts achievement of eight top prizes in a varied range of categories. The movie received the prizes in international film festivals held in the United States, Italy, Spain, India and Chile. The award for the best picture at the '7th Picnic Film Festival' was its last haul. The festival was held for five days from June 23 - 27 in Spain.
The plot of the movie focuses on the war waged by poverty on one side and two siblings and their mother on another. The feature movie primarily funded by the Government of Bangladesh has its cast led by Rokaya Prachi & Risul Islam Asad. Masum Aziz, Imran, Faruk, Abdur Rahman Razib, R J Mukul, Saki Farzana and child artistes Maruf, Kabbo, Kinuo, Ridho are among the other actors of the movie. The movie is set in the landscapes of Gazipur, Pabna and FDC.
Previously the movie beat a total of fifty three movies in the race to snatch the 'Narrative Feature: Honourable Mention Award' at the '7th Trenton Film Festival' held throughout the second week of last June in New Jersey, USA. Before that the movie was adjudged best full length movie award at the '7th Festival Internacional De Cine Tarapac?' organised by Chile and best movie at the 'The Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival' organised by Italy. The movie won the best screenplay, best supporting actor, and best child artiste awards at the 'North Carolina International Film Festival'. The festival was held between January 24 and 25 in USA this year. It grabbed the best picture at 'International Film Festival of Rajasthan' held earlier this year as well.
Other famous works by Ashraf Shishir include 'The Innocence', 'The Art & Religion', 'The Daily Refuse', 'The Fukuwaka Method, and 'The Ages'.