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Top Bangladeshi art filmmaker turns to Gandhi for inspiration

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:27:14 PM, Agencies

Tanvir Mokammel, one of the top directors of Bangladesh

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New Delhi: Tanvir Mokammel, one of the top directors of Bangladesh's struggling art cinema, has been as much of an artist as an activist taking up the cause of peasants in villages. But when it came to espousing his belief in non-violence as key component of democracy, he could not but turn to Mahatma Gandhi.

The director of five nationally and international acclaimed feature films invoked the message of nonviolence propagated by the Mahatma at an international seminar in Australia earlier this month.

The seminar "Role of Cinema in the Process of Conflict Resolution" organised by Sydney University was held earlier this month.

Tanvir Mokammel, film-maker and author of books studied English literature in Dhaka University and worked as a left-wing journalist and later as an activist to organize landless peasants in rural Bangladesh.


Always a film enthusiast, Tanvir Mokammel has made five full-length feature films and eleven documentaries. Some of his films have received national and international awards. His feature films are “The River Named Modhumoti” ,“Quiet Flows the River Chitra” ,“A Tree Without Roots”(LALSALU) ,“Lalon” and “The Sister”. Tanvir Mokammel’s prominent documentaries are; “The Unknown Bard”, “Teardrops of Karnaphuli”, “Riders to the Sunderbans”, “A Tale of the Jamuna River”, “The Garment Girls of Bangladesh”, “The Promised Land”, “Tajuddin Ahmad :An Unsung Hero”and “Images and Impressions”.

Also a prolific writer, Tanvir Mokammel has written articles in newspapers, poems and short stories. Tanvir Mokammel’s important books are “A Brief History of World Cinema”, “The Art of Cinema”, “Charlie Chaplin: Conquests of the Vagabond”, “Syed Waliullah, Sisyphus and Quest of Tradition in Novel” (a literary criticism), “Grundtvig and Folk Education”, a book on the alternative educational ideas and translation of Maxim Gorky’s play “The Lower Depth”.



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