Staff Correspondent
Khancha’ (The Cage), a Bangladeshi film, screened yesterday in Nigeria for the first time as the second Asian Film Festival is set to begin at Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja on Monday night (BST).
The film festival was formally inaugurated at 9pm (BST) and will continue until December 14, said Bangladesh High Commissioner to Nigeria M Shameem Ahsan.
The Bangladesh Mission in Abuja was opened two years ago.
The screening of ‘Khancha’, made with the grant of the government of Bangladesh, took place at 5pm on Tuesday, said the High Commissioner.
All expatriate Bangladesh nationals, including film-lovers, are invited to watch the Bangladeshi film at the festival where a total of 10 countries like Iran, South Korea, China, Malaysia and Japan will participate. Directed by Akram Khan and a film of the Impress Telefilms Limited, Bangladesh, Khancha was released in 2017.
Drawn from the short story of Hasan Azizul Huq, a noted Bangladeshi writer, it moves on in the context of the Partition of India in 1947 during the British era. Jaya Ahsan, Azad Abul Kalam, Mamunur Rashid Chadni and Arman Pervej played the main characters.
Though not nominated, ‘Khancha’ was selected as Bangladesh’s entry into the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2018-Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, according to Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja.