The Bangladeshi Short Film Forum 1999
A personal journal account
on the author’s stay and impressions of the 6th International
Short Film Forum held in Dhaka, the capitol of Bangladesh,
from February 4-12.
The Short Film Forum Festival is a festival
of short fiction, documentary, animated and experimental
films at which ca 200 film from 22 countries were shown.
In addition to the main program, there were retrospectives
of contemporary Bangladeshi films, German and Iranian short
films, a program of Indian animation selected by the Bombay
Films Division, and a special program that was dedicated
to films about Bosnia.
The Festival was opened with a screening
of the film Sobe
bez pogleda (A Room Without a View) by Rada Šešić
who also participated in a seminar titled Women — Film
makers. In the View on Bosnia program, there were screenings
of documentaries including Petar Krelja’s Na sporednom kolosijeku (On
the Secondary Track) and Američki san (The
American Dream), dedicated to the problem of refugees,
and the films of Bosnian film makers including Vesna Ljubić’s Ecce
homo, Vuk Janić’s Psalm, Lidija Zelović’s Kuća,
a ne dom (A House, Not a Home), as well
as the film The Stars Once Spoke to the People...
by Dutch filmmaker Lidi Koopmans.