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Bangladesh Film Festival begins in Bishkek

DHAKA, Oct 11, 2017 (BSS) - A three-day first ever Bangladesh Film Festival began on Tuesday in Bishkek in celebration of the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Kyrgyz Republic.

Deputy Minister for Culture of Kyrgyz Republic Bektenaliev Muktaly Abdybekovich and Director General of Foreign Affairs Ministry Ulan Djusupov were present in the inaugural function of the festival, according to a press release received here today.

Foreign mission representatives and dignitaries, including leading members of the Kyrgyz Cinema Union, Kyrgyz film makers, producers and cultural activists attended the inaugural show of the festival.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Kyrgyz Republic Mosud Mannan in his inaugural speech thanked the people of Kyrgyz Republic for their support during the War of Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.

Kyrgyz government representatives also made formal speeches and thanked Bangladesh for holding the festival in Bishkek which they believe would further strengthen the existing bilateral relations between the two countries and open possibilities of more collaboration in various kinds of cultural activities including exchange programs and joint ventures.

On the first evening, Zahir Raihan's Stop Genocide and Tanvir Mokammel's Chitra Nadir Pare (Quiet Flows the River Chitra) were screened. Director Tanvir Mokammel graced the occasion with his active presence and also addressed the gathering.

This important program was held in the historic cinema hall named after world famous writer Chingiz Aytmatov. The event on the first day ended with a reception.

On the second and the third days of the festival, 'Matir Moyna (The Clay Bird)' of Tareque Masud and 'Jibon Dhuli (The Drummer)' of Tanvir Mokammel will be screened.