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‘The Statement After My Poet Husband’s Death’ screened at Goethe-Institut

Published : Tuesday, 18 June, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 338
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A still from The Statement After My Poet Husbands Death

A still from The Statement After My Poet Husbands Death

As part of the popular film screening and discussion series "Through Her Eyes", Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, in cooperation with the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), organised the screening of three films of Tasmiah Afrin Mou on June 16t at the auditorium of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, Dhanmondi in the city.
The highlight of the event was the screening of the award-winning Bangladeshi short film 'Kobi Swamir Mrityur Por Amar Jobanbondi', written and directed by Tasmiah Afrin Mou. One 11-minutes-length short films 'Nayikar Ek Raat' and 22-minutes-length documentary film 'Tokai' by the same director was shown to the audience.
Kobi Swamir Mrityur Por Amar Jobanbondi by Tasmiah Afrin Mou
This film is about a psychological journey of a woman named Rubi; once she loved her husband devotedly but the feeling is long gone. Sitting beside her husband's dead body, she doesn't feel any grief or any other emotion whatsoever. She remembers her life with this man, and discovers that her once beloved husband died to her long before his actual demise.
Tasmiah Afrin Mou is a young filmmaker from Bangladesh. Kobi Swamir Mrityur Por Amar Jobanbondi' is her debut short film. Before this, she made a handful of documentary films. One of her documentary films Tokai-2012 received the Award for Best Short Documentary at Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China in 2014. She was born in 1983 in Dhaka. She completed her Honors and Masters' degree majoring in Political Science from University of Dhaka. She is also known as a writer. Her short story book Baksha Bondi was published in 2015.
The director at the discussion session

The director at the discussion session

Though love relation is believed to bring happiness in a woman's life, often it causes pain and abasement. Still, a simple woman goes far and accepts a lot of disgrace for his love. But, after a certain period, the feeling of love dies from continuous abjection. The breathing person she loved becomes dead to her. Even the actual death of that person comes as relief. Despite being brought up in a country that is historically male dominating, an ordinary Bangladeshi woman often tend to take some difficult but vital decisions which come from the lesson of self-esteem her culture taught her. The family structure in Bangladesh facilitates a mental shelter for the ordinary woman taking any important life decision long after she is matured or married. An ordinary woman could become the symbol of self-esteem, not through practicing any recognized feminist lifestyle, rather living her ordinary stolid life.
About the initiative: "Through Her Eyes":
Women have been making films from the beginning of film production history. In our country, a number of women filmmakers actively creating and working in all genres of filmmaking. However, it remains a challenge for a woman to be a director and continue to create a body of work. Worldwide, relatively few women can carve out that opportunity for themselves.
'Through Her Eyes' gives film enthusiasts, film students, academics, film professionals, funding agencies, broadcasters, rights groups and journalists a regular opportunity to watch films by women filmmakers currently working in Bangladesh and to interact with them directly at the end of the screening.

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