January 28, 2010
Short films âPutul Biyeâ directed by Morshedul Islam and âShahajatriâ directed by Golam Rabbani Biplob were premiered at the Central Public Library as part of the on-going 3rd International Childrenâs Film Festival on Thursday.
Produced by Childrenâs Film Society Bangladesh and supported by Unicef, the films were screened in the Bangladesh panorama category.
Law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister Shafique Ahmed, Unicefâs communication and information chief Christine Jaulmes and CFSBâs president Mohammad Zafar Iqbal were, among others, present at the premiere show.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that very few films in Bangladesh deal with the fundamental rights of the children.
âWe must uphold the rights of the children. Raising mass awareness, however, is the first step to ensure their rights and childrenâs films can play a significant role to that end,â he added.
The film âPutul Biyeâ highlights child marriageâs devastating effects on the life of young girls, especially how they are victimised.
The film âShahajatriâ focuses on how child labourers are subjected to inhuman treatment.
Shaukat Osman Memorial Auditorium was crammed with children and their frequent applause during different sequences of the films revealed their solidarity with the messages of the films.