Film for passion & profession
Short films are very rare in Bangladesh. But, some young and enthusiastic filmmakers have taken the less traversed path and made our country proud even in the international level. Faridul Ahsan Shourav is one of the prominent names among them. This young experimental shortfilmmaker has already become a benchmark by depicting his incredible talent through lenses. Here he shares his journey with Young Observer...
A few years ago, watching short films by new film makers meant you had to make your way over to a film festival, or look for the DVD or CD, or else catch the programme if it comes on TV luckily. However, things have changed now and made our life easier. Now all you have to do is just to make sure you have internet connection in your devices, because they are all found in the video hosting websites.
It came as a godsend to the passionate film makers, especially the students who want to chase their ultimate dream even from a young age of their student life beside study. Faridul Ahsan Shourav is one of those dreamers.
Though the genre of experimental film has huge popularity around the world, it is still outmoded in Bangladesh. But, if you have talent and can nurture it through the lenses of camera. No obstacles can stop you to chase your dream --Shourav is the perfect example for this. This short film maker has dedicated himself to make avant-garde films, and earned appreciation nationally and internationally in this very young age.
While talking about his short films, this film enthusiast says, "I try to illustrate the conventional practices of the society and real hidden face of people through the films, unlike the mainstream cinemas. I put more emphasis on representing the thoughts rather than manufacturing something out of the commercial demand." By portraying different conceptual aspects in a unique way in his creative films, he is paving his way towards a successful future.
Shourav's films were just not only screened on the different festivals but also bagged some prestigious awards in this category. To glorify his list of achievements, he was selected as a jury member of the International Film Festival (Reel Youth Film Festival 2017-18, Vancouver, Canada) where he was a judge and critic to rate the different qualities of the films from various countries of the world.
He shared about his experience as a jury in The Canadian Film Festival -- "Many of us in our country do not have a clear idea about how long a film can be called as a short film and the minimum length to be counted as a feature film. According to the Academy Awards' authorities, a minimum of 40 minutes long film is considered to be a feature film and if it is below to that, then it is said to be a short film. The young enthusiasts who want to explore in this genre have to know this technical matters."
Shourov is currently pursuing his masters in the Institute of Education and Research (IER) in University of Dhaka (DU). When asked about the beginning days towards this venture, he replied, "Though I was a movie lover since school days, I discovered my desire to make films during the fresher year in university. Some senior film enthusiasts encouraged me to start my journey."Later, he became the president of DU's IER Cine Club.
Filmmaking is his most favourite thing to do and closest to heart. The innovative films like 'The Revelation', 'Soul of The City', 'Standpoint', 'Black Magician', 'Protibhas', 'Chess' and 'Dead's Circus' proves his incomparable skills. His extra-ordinary pieces also got massive appreciation in the celebrated film festivals like Jaipur's Piggybank International Film Festival, Italy's Cifalo Film Festival, United Kingdom's Cardiff International Film Festival, Bangladesh's Children's Film Festival, Creative International Open Film Festival, Bulgaria's Early bird International Film Festival, India's All Lights Indian Film Festival and more.
Shourav shares his views regarding art films and commercial films -- "I think there is no such different thing called art film, rather commercial films can also be an art film. Because the high quality aesthetic value of art can also be seen in commercial films. And, the art film that are also known as the slow pace or slow motion film should get the exposure as aesthetics of art."
The latest short film by Shourav is about marital rape, the uncanny truth of our society that women have to face, entitled 'Camouflage'. Surely, it is another courageous approach of him to choose a concept like this.
Addressing the young enthusiasts, he says, "As a student, I chose short films to make because it is neither expensive nor time consuming. So, the youths who are interested and have passion to explore in films beside study, I would definitely suggest them to go for short films."
In conclusion, this talented film maker shares his future plan, "I aim to become a filmmaker in the future after finishing my academic pursuits. For this, I would also like to study in this field or do courses on filmmaking to make more experimental works."
Hopefully, Shourav would live the life that he desires by fulfilling his utmost dream. Also, we would surely get more marvelous pieces from him and he would make Bangladesh proud again and again as sky is the limit!