First time in Bangladesh, the Youth Peace Film 2018 was inaugurated by eminent film maker Morshedul Islam at Cox’s Bazar on 4 October 2018, says a press release. Mojibur Rahman, Mayor, Cox’s Bazar Municipality was present as the chief guest. Veteran actor and theatre artiste Rokeya Prachy and Additional Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, Office of the Refugee, Relief & Repatriation Commissioner, Cox’s Bazar Shamsud Douza graced the occasion as special guests. The program was organized by Films 4 Peace Foundation with the support of USAID.
On the inaugural day, while welcoming the guest in the stage, Pervez Siddiqui placed a demand for a film center in Cox’s Bazar to the Mayor of the city. Taking the thread from Siddiqui, Mayor Mojibur Rahman said, “I wish to build a film centre in Cox’s Bazar to engage the youth in peace activities.”
Further, film maker Morshedul Islam shared, “The road of one’s dream is never easy. To keep going forward, one has to work with hard and fuel confidence.”A total of 113 passionate youths, aged 18-30, from Cox’s Bazar applied for this programme. After having interviews, the jury selected the best 25 participants who would be trained to make 5 films focusing on peace.
A four-day long residential participatory film making workshop was organized by Films 4 Peace Foundation dated 3-5 October, 2018 at hotel Orchid Blue, Marine drive road, Inani, Cox’s Bazar as part of the programme.
The workshop was conducted by eminent film makers and experts from relevant field. On 11 October 2018, a session on storytelling and script writing will be conducted by eminent film maker Manzare Hasin Murad, Ahmed Tahsin Shams, academic, film-maker, and media consultant, peace activist film maker Pervez Siddiqui and Afsan Chowdhury.