TELEVISION (PG)

MOSTAFA FAROOKI

2012  |  Bangladesh  |  106 Min  |  HDCam  |  In Bengali with English subtitles  |  PG (Some religious content)

SYNOPSIS

A village elder bans all forms of images, moving or still, so all television programmes are also banned. This incites a variety of reactions from members of the community. Television explores the issue of freedom of information, and what happens when this is taken away in a Bangladeshi community. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki started out his career telling stories in the form of telefilms and worked his way to making feature films fit for the cinemas. This Dhallywood (nickname for the Bengali film industry) trend of developing homegrown movies from telemovies is a unique one in the film landscape.

Farooki started out his career telling stories in the form of telefilms and worked his way to making feature films fit for the cinemas. This Dhallywood (nickname for the Bengali film industry) trend of developing homegrown movies from telemovies is a unique one in the film landscape.

Lee Yong Kwan, director of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) where Television screened, commented, "A new trend can be industry-related or artistic, and the fact that a country is creating domestic films through telecinema is monumental. BIFF felt compelled to showcase this movement". According to him, Bangladeshi cinema was not ready to be featured in international film festivals but with more young and adventurous filmmakers like Farooki, this is set to change. Farooki was able to portray the conflict between modernity and tradition in true-to-life settings, without resorting to theatrics. Television's comic moments, and bright and colourful cinematography make it even more satirical, as opposed to the dark visual tone and style that characterizes the cinema of that region.

  Singapore Premiere of Television

Awards: Busan International Film Festival (Closing Film); Dubai International Film Festival 2012.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is considered as one of the leading figures to bring in realism and modernism in Bangladeshi film. His third film, Third Person Singular Number (2009) premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, and had its European premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. His films address a range of themes - from middle class angst to the frailty of the individual.