Workshop on Storytelling in cinema @ Cox’s Bazar
The fourth day of residential workshop on 'Storytelling for Promoting Inclusive Governance through Films' of Youth Peace Film 2018, an initiative by USAID, organised by Films4Peace Foundation was held on 11 October 2018 at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh from 9am-6pm, says a press release.
The aim of this event was to create 25 youth peace film-makers who will promote peace through their 5 short films on the following themes -- Gender Equity, Diversity-Tolerance-Peace, Access to Justice, Inclusive Education, and Role of News: Panic versus Peace. The shooting of these films will begin in November and will be screened at Cox's Bazar in December.
The first session of the workshop on 11 October 2018 was conducted by Pervez Siddiqui, Film-maker and Executive Director at Films4Peace Foundation where he discussed with detail handouts and references about the structure and techniques of making documentary film. Nabaleswar Tripura Lion, Programme Director at Films4Peace Foundation, enlightened the participants about the role of diversity that leads to developing tolerance in human beings which eventually establishes peace in society.
Moreover, Ahmed Tahsin Shams, Lecturer, Department of English, Notre Dame University Bangladesh, Writer and Film-maker, lectured on the various forms of storytelling. He said, "Content is the water inside a glass. That glass or pot is the media that reveals the content, and this pot creates the magic." He further discussed different narrative techniques and engaged the participants aged 18-30 with storytelling and script writing activities on the given themes.
The session ended with announcements of accomplished stories that would be filmed as per schedule. The fifth day of the residential workshop was scheduled at Cox's Bazar sea beach on 12 October 2018 where Shams and Siddiqui supervised the shooting script with the 25 aspiring peace film-makers.
It is to be mentioned that the workshops on the first three days were conducted by renowned Film-maker Morshedul Islam and celebrated Actor Rokeya Prachy on 3-5 October 2018 at Cox's Bazar.
However, on the inaugural day, while welcoming the guest in the stage, Pervez Siddiqui placed a demand for a film centre in Cox's Bazar to the Mayor of the city. Taking the thread from Siddiqui, Mayor Mojibur Rahman said, "I wish to build a film centre in Cox's Bazar to engage the youth in peace activities."