Fifth Annual Bengali Film Festival {2007}

Saturday November 24 - Sunday November 25

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Room Information

DateTimeLocation
Sat Nov 24 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Avenue (at St. George south of Bloor)
Sun Nov 25 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Avenue (at St. George south of Bloor)

Registration

Amar Mukherjee, Festival Coordinator at 905 202 3823

Contact Info

Eileen Lam

Description

The 5th annual Bengali Film Festival is presented to create awareness of Bengali arts and culture through films. The Festival also hopes to raise funds for Bengali studies at the University of Toronto. In addition to the exciting offering of Bengali and other South Asian films there will be a (back by popular demand) Silent Auction on Saturday, Nov 24. The Silent Auction items are being generously donated by community friends, families, and local businesses.

TICKETS:
$60 2- Day Sponsorship Festival Pass (admission for 2 adults and tax receipt as applicable)
$40 1-Day Sponsorship Festival Pass (admission for 2 adults and tax receipt as applicable)
$25 1-Day Festival Pass (per person)
$10 1-Session Ticket (per person)

Free rush seats for students with valid student ID, on both days.


FILM SCREENING SHEDULE AT A GLANCE (subject to change):

NOV 24
12:00 THE CHILD-GOD (DEBSHISU) directed by Utpalendu Chakraborty
2:10 THE UNKNOWN BIRD (ACHIN PAKHI) directed by Tanvir Mokammel
3:10 REINVENTING TALIBAN directed by Sharmeen Obaid
4:20 REUNION (PHIRE DEKHA) directed by Sreelekha Mukherjee

NOV 25
12:00 WHEEL CHAIR directed by Tapan Sinha
2:20 PAINTER RABINDRANATH directed by Sukanta Roy
3:10 THE DELIVERANCE (SADGATI) directed by Satyajit Ray
4:20 JOURNEY FOR VICTORY (JOYJATRA) directed by Taquir Ahmed


FESTIVAL PROGRAM IN DETAIL:

Saturday, November 24, 2007

12:00 PM- A feature film titled THE CHILD-GOD (DEBSHISU), in Hindi with English subtitles
Release Date: 1985
Runtime: 107 minutes
Writer/Director: Utpalendu Chakraborty
Cast: Smita Patil, Sadhu Meher, Om Puri, Rohini Hattangady

The film is the winner of Best Feature Film prize, awarded by Bengali Film Journalists. Raghubir and Sita, a poor, rural couple, visit Sita’s elder brother in another village to find the news of the arrival of a Child-God. Blessings are offered for a small entrance fee, of course. Raghubir discovers that the custodians of this Child-God to be Hanuman and Prasad, the magician duo who convinced him to part with a freak child born to his wife and that the Child-God, with three heads and four arms, is the same child. Religion and blind faith now take a back seat as Raghubir stakes a desperate claim for a share in the racket.

******** Interval 20 minutes********

2:10 PM- A documentary film titled THE UNKNOWN BIRD (ACHIN PAKHI), in Bengali with English subtitles
Release Date: 1996
Runtime: 60 minutes
Director: Tanvir Mokammel (Bangladesh)

The Unknown Bird is a biographical documentary about Lalan, who composed hundreds of memorable songs with excellent lyrics in the Baul style. Lalan’s artistic work is still immensely popular in Bangaldesh and West Bengal of India. Baul’s are troubadours of Bengal, a special sect with mystic songs and inimitable lifestyle.

3:10 PM- A documentary film titled REINVENTING TALIBAN, in English
Release Date: 2003
Runtime: 54 minutes
Director: Sharmeen Obaid

This film is directed by Toronto-based filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid, who despite warnings of danger travelled to northwest Pakistan to make this film. It is a story about the people living in the northwest Pakistan (Peshawar) and their everyday life.

******** Interval 20 minutes********

4:30 PM- A feature film titled REUNION (PHIRE DEKHA), in Bengali with English subtitles
Runtime: 75 minutes
Writer/Director: Sreelekha Mukherjee
Production: Tara Music TV
Cast: Nima Rahman, Litu Anam and others

Mitali, a Hindu girl who grew up in a small border village of India and Bangladesh, is the main protagonist of this film. One day Mitali disappears and is rescued by a Muslim family where she remains. She marries into a Muslim and after many years of living in a Muslim community, she meets her childhood friend, Rafikul. Their reunion evokes very intense emotions, a mix of joy and sorrow.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

12:00 PM- A feature film titled WHEEL CHAIR, in Bengali with English subtitles
Release Date: 1994
Runtime: 118 minutes
Writer/Director: Tapan Sinha
Cast: Labani Sarkar, Soumitra Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty and others

This award-winning film tells a story of a young girl who escapes a rape attempt but becomes paralyzed from the neck down. As a result, she is admitted to a private nursing home for neurological handicapped patients. During her stay in the nursing home, she meets the young physiotherapist, the owner of the nursing home, whose loving care and inspiration give her courage and strength to survive. She starts a new chapter of her life and becomes the physiotherapist’s wife. This film won several prestigious awards.

********* Interval 20 minutes*******

2:20 PM- A documentary film titled PAINTER RABINDRANATH, in English
Runtime: 49 minutes
Director/Producer: Sukanta Roy

This film depicts the great poet, Rabindranath Tagore, a Nobel Prize winner, and his journey of becoming a great painter. The film is set in Santiniketan, known for it’s beautiful landscape and the home of Visvabaharati University.

3:10 PM- A short feature film titled THE DELIVERANCE (SADGATI), in Hindi with English subtitles
Release Date: 1981
Runtime: 52 minutes
Writer/Director/Music Composer: Satyajit Ray
Cast: Om Puri, Smita Patil, Richa Mishra, Mohan Agashe, Gita Siddharth and others

The film, based on a short story written by Munshi Premchand, an acclaimed Hindi writer, tells the story of poor villagers who are exploited by the Brahmin caste. Chidananda Das Gupta, a celebrated film critic and filmmaker, said, “[The Deliverance] (Sadgati) is Ray’s angriest film.”


******* Interval 20 minutes******

4:20 PM- A feature film titled JOURNEY FOR VICTORY (JOYJATRA), in Bengali with English subtitles
Release Date: 2004
Runtime: 119 minutes
Writer: Amjad Hossain
Writer/Director: Taquir Ahmed
Cast: Bipasa Hayat, Azizul Hakim, Mohfuz Ahmed and others

Two survivors of the Liberation War begin another life in a small boat on the waters of Bangali and Jamuna rivers. Their journey turns into a search for victory and freedom.

Co-sponsored by

Asian Institute