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We would like to announce that BRAC University and Pathshala Broadcast and Multimedia Department in collaboration with ERASMUS University in Rotterdam is offering the 2nd batch Postgraduate Certificate Course on Broadcast and Cross-Media Journalism starting on May 19th 2013.This course is designed to impart theoretical critical understanding of broadcast and new media trends, as well as to provide practical training. Continue reading “Pathshala Admission: POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE COURSE BROADCAST and CROSS-MEDIA JOURNALISM”

Artist in Residence. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Documentary Arts Asia

Photo by Sitt

Documentary Arts Asia?s Artist in Residence Program will support an Asian photographer or filmmaker in Chiang Mai for up to three months to complete a cultural, environmental or human-rights project and help DAA promote documentary practice and visual literacy in the region. ?In addition to producing a substantial body of work, the Artist in Residence will teach workshops and bring new ideas and energy to the documentary community in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the Asia region. ?Chiang Mai?s variety of potential documentary subject matter, large population of artists and relatively low cost of living make it the ideal location for an Artist in Residence program. Continue reading “Artist in Residence. Chiang Mai, Thailand”

Pathshala Admission

Opportunity to study at one of the finest schools of photography in the world

?I do not know of a single institute of higher education anywhere in the world which provides the quality of education being provided here in Bangladesh today.?
Rob Mountfort, Picture Editor of?AsiaWeek, 1999 Continue reading “Pathshala Admission”

A Freedom Fighter Sings of 1971

Jabbar Bhandari was a freedom fighter. He fought with Kader (Tiger) Siddiqui in Tangail. ?He now makes a living as a Baul Singer.


A Freedom Fighter Sings of 1971 from Shahidul Alam on Vimeo.
He had also conducted operations in Kaderpur and Haluaghat. Now much of his time is spent around Suhrwardy Uddyan where the deed of surrender was signed in 1971. ?I found him slowly walking along the photographic exhibition on 1971 we had orgasised. He would stop and peer intently at each photograph. I asked him what he was looking at. ?I am looking at myself he said. It is me you have photographed.? ?I asked him what he thought of Bangladesh now. Whether he still dreamt of the Bangladesh he had fought for. ?He replied wistfully, ?It?s good we are free.? Then he paused and said. ?Sometimes I dream. Sometimes I don?t.?
I have never seen him since.

The Crazy Lover

Hand painted movie banners from Bangladesh

Crazy Lover. 12' x 8'. Enamel paint on canvas. Hand painted by Sitesh Kumar Sur and team. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World
Crazy Lover. 12′ x 8′. Enamel paint on canvas. Hand painted by Sitesh Kumar Sur and team. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Bangla movies have always been popular and going to the cinema was until recently, one of the most popular forms of entertainment. High drama, plenty of song and dance and rags to riches stories were amongst the favourites and film stars were idolized. The advent of video has destroyed the industry and many cinema halls are empty and being converted into shopping malls. But people still remember the oldies and the film stars of old are still popular. Some have successfully entered politics. Continue reading “The Crazy Lover”

Film South Asia '13 Call for Entries

Calling for entries for the ninth edition of Film Southasia ?13, the festival of Southasian documentaries. The festival will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 3-6 October 2013.
Film Southasia (FSA) is a biennial festival that was set up in 1997 with the goal of popularising the documentary so that it entertains, informs and changes lives. In addition to the festival that takes place in Kathmandu every two years, FSA organizes screenings, discussions and workshops across Southasia to promote Southasian non-fiction within the Subcontinent and around the world. Film Southasia believes that film is a powerful medium that helps to not only in better represent the region internationally, but also contributes immensely in introspection and initiatives to bring change at the local level. Continue reading “Film South Asia '13 Call for Entries”

Um minuto de sil?ncio

Watch this short video till the end. It’s quite special.
Marina Abramovic and Ulay lived an intense love story for five years in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.
Um minuto de sil?ncio
“Nos anos 70, Marina Abramovic viveu uma intensa hist?ria de amor com Ulay. Durante 5 anos viveram num furg?o realizando todo tipo de performances. Quando sentiram que a rela??o j? n?o valia aos dois, decidiram percorrer a Grande Muralha da China; cada um come?ou a caminhar de um lado, para se encontrarem no meio, dar um ?ltimo grande abra?o um no outro, e nunca mais se ver.
23 anos depois, em 2010, quando Marina j? era uma artista consagrada, o MoMa de Nova Iorque dedicou uma retrospectiva a sua obra. Nessa retrospectiva, Marina compartilhava um minuto de sil?ncio com cada estranho que sentasse a sua frente. Ulay chegou sem que ela soubesse e… Foi assim.”

Bangladesh extravaganza in London

includes free exhibitions and tickets start from ?5.00! Continue reading “Bangladesh extravaganza in London”