The Empty Doorway

We chose not to be photographed. His broad smile was somewhat subdued, though the impishness of his chuckle still remained. The big hug didn?t work out. Even in the generous light through the large open window, a frail Kiarostami with tubes wasn?t how we wanted him depicted. He had cancer, and the surgery had gone wrong. My young friend Mansour Kiaei had accompanied me and had only met the great man for the first time. He wanted to photograph the two of us. We declined, saving the moment, for when Abbas would be better, and more the Abbas, as I had known him.

Abbas Kiarostami Untitled 1978 ? 2003, from a series of 32 photographs, 122 x 93 cm.
Abbas Kiarostami Untitled 1978 ? 2003, from a series of 32 photographs, 122 x 93 cm.

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Between absence and presence

Between absence and presence

Car wreckage, left, and Seats, car wreckage and the bird, right. Artist Dhali Al Mamoon?s public art in memory of film-maker Tareque Masud and journalist Mishuk Munier who died with three others in a car crash on August 13, 2011. Shorok Durghotona Sritisthapona, Dhaka University campus. ? Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World
AWARD-WINNING film-maker Tareque Masud, broadcast journalist Mishuk Munier and three others died in a car crash on August 13, 2011 when a Chuadanga-bound bus rammed into the film crew?s microbus on the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj. It was raining; the bus was travelling at a high speed. Their deaths were instantaneous.
Dhali Al Mamoon, his artist wife Dilara Begum Jolly, Tareque?s wife American-born film editor Catherine Masud, production assistant Saidul Islam, and writer Monis Rafik survived the accident. Mamoon?s injuries were the most severe. Continue reading “Between absence and presence”

The Trial of Tony Blair

Channel 4. 2007

A very well made film. Fiction, but too close to the truth to be comfortable. I can’t believe this film hasn’t gone viral. Are people even scared of watching a spoof? C’mon folks. Share this widely.?

Procurement Notice

Date : April 08, 2013

Pathshala South Asian Media Institute is working to create a self-sustaining institute that is a center of excellence for professional media training across all platforms?television, web, radio, print, and new modes of communication. Continue reading “Procurement Notice”

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”

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”

Nikon Files Patent That Could Turn 35mm Film Cameras Into Digital SLRs

How would you like to convert your Nikon FM2 to digital?

BY TIM BARRIBEAU ON Popphoto.com

It’s one of the holy grails of photography ? a practical, easy way to switch between digital and film for all the incredible analog 35mm cameras that are already in circulation. And while we don’t know if it’ll ever be produced, Nikon has recently patented a way of doing exactly that ? a replaceable digital back for 35mm film cameras. Continue reading “Nikon Files Patent That Could Turn 35mm Film Cameras Into Digital SLRs”

Bangladesh blocks YouTube over film

Dhaka, Sep 18 (bdnews24.com)?Authorities in Bangladesh on Monday blocked YouTube’s website indefinitely to stop the people watching a US-made film that insults the Prophet Muhammad and has sparked violence in the Muslim world.
Visitors in Bangladesh could not access the site after 5:30pm on Monday, an official with telecoms regulator BTRC’s System and Service Department told bdnews24.com.
The government on Sunday asked Google Inc that owns the video website to remove the 13-minute video clip of the film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ from its site. But there was no response from the search engine giant until Monday. Continue reading “Bangladesh blocks YouTube over film”