To pay homage to the major voices of alternative cinema in India, filmmaker and theoretician Mani Kaul, Dhaka Art Center and Bangladesh Short Film Forum jointly organised Mani Kaul Film Session 2 at Dhaka Art Centre (DAC) in Dhanmondi. The two day film screening was inaugurated on July 27. Mani Kaul’s Duvidha, Uski Roti, Nazar were screened at the Seminar Room of the DAC.
On the last day of the film screening, an open discussion on the works and thoughts of Mani Kaul was held. Trustees of the DAC, filmmakers, social activists and others took part in the discussion.
Mani Kaul (1944- 2011) graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) where he was a student of Ritwik Ghatak and later became a teacher. He began his career with Uski Roti, which won him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie, after whic he went on to win four of them in all. He won the National Film Award for Best Direction in 1974 for Duvidha and later the National Film Award for his documentary film, Siddheshwari in 1989. He was a member of the jury at the 21st Berlin International Film Festival. He was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University for the 2000-2001 school years. He was the Creative Director of the Film House at Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art, Mumbai.
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