Film Screening & Discussion: Oscar-Nominated Bangladeshi Feature Film "Television" by Mostafa Sarwar Farooki

Tue, May 26, 2015 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan and 3rd i NY Present Award-Winning, Oscar-Nominated Feature Bangladeshi Comedy Drama Film


Bangladesh | 2012 | 106 minutes
Bengali with English subtitles

Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Producer: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Scriptwriter: Anisul Hoque, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Cinematographer: Golam Maola Nabir
Editor: Rajon Khaled
Ayub Baccu

Chanchal Chowdhury, Mosharrof Karim, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Shahir Kazi Huda

As a leader of the local community, Chairman Amin bans every kind of image in his water-locked village in rural Bangladesh since he considers it to be un-Islamic. He even goes on to claim that imagination is also sinful since it gives one the license to infiltrate into any prohibited territory. But change is a desperate wind that is difficult to resist by shutting the window. The tension between this traditional window and modern wind grows to such an extent that it starts to leave a ripple effect on the lives of a group of typically colorful, eccentric, and emotional people living in that village. But at the very end of the film, Television, which he hated so much, comes to the rescue and helps Chairman Amin reach a transcendental state where he and his God are unified. A new twist to the story makes him embrace IMAGE and IMAGINATION.

Official Trailer


"Television's theme of generational conflict and the friction between tradition and modernity play out against a refreshingly "normal" view of Bangladesh that doesn't rely on crushing poverty, draconian customs and a post-tsunami wasteland. Golam Maola Nabir's bright, colorful cinematography and geometric compositions that compartmentalize the characters efficiently creates an optimistic and relatable tone that makes the film's comic moments more satiric than if they had been shot in the drab style more recognizable from the region's cinema."

- Elizabeth Kerry, The Hollywood Reporter

Festivals & Awards

Closing film; Busan International Film Festival 2012 (World Premiere). Nominated; Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2013). Nominated; Lino Brocka Grand Prize, Cinemanila International Film Festival (2012). Nominated; Bangladesh’s entry for the 86th Academy Award Foreign Language Category (2014). Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2013). Winner, City of Rome Award for Best Asian Feature Film (Jury), Best Feature Film and Audience Award from Asiatica Film Festival (2013). Winner, Golden Hanuman Award, Jogja Asian Film Festival (2013). Winner, NETPAC Award Kolkata International Film Festival (2013). Winner, Special Mention Award, Muhr Asia and Africa Category, Dubai International Film Festival (2012).

Director’s Biography

"Mostofa Sarwar Farooki could be the next South-east Asian filmmaker to break out”, The Hollywood Reporter wrote in the review of his film "Television". Variety’s Jay Weissberg wrote: “Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a key exemplar of Bangladeshi new wave cinema movement.”

Farooki is a contemporary Bangladeshi film director and screenwriter. He is also the pioneer of an avant-garde filmmakers’ movement called Chabial. His fourth feature Television was the closing film at Busan International Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize in Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013 in addition to 5 more international awards from Dubai, Jogja-Indonesia, Asiatica Film Festival in Roma, and Kolkata. Ant Story is his fifth feature which got nominated for Golden Goblet Awards and Muhr Asia-Africa Awards. It is also in competition for nomination for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2014.

Director’s Filmography
Ant Story; Feature Fiction, 2013
Television; Feature Fiction, 2012
Ok Cut; Short Fiction; 2010
Third Person Singular Number; Feature Fiction, 2009
Bachelor; Feature Fiction, 2003
Made in Bangladesh; Feature Fiction, 2007

About 3rd i NY

3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

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