Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s Saturday Afternoon or Shonibar Bikel has been selected in Munich International Film Festival. The film very recently won hearts in the Sydney International Film Festival which is due to end tomorrow. Now it would take part in CineCoPro Section in the festival that would run from June 27 to July 6. The film would vie against the likes of Cannes Film Festival 2019 hits like It Must Be Heaven, a French-Canadian project by Elia Suleiman and winner of FIPRESCI or international critics’ top award; documentary Gaza on the plight of Palestinians on the enclosed strip, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, won top documentary award at Paris Foreign Press Awards, best docu-short at 33rd Goya Award; award winning The Orphanage and more robust rivals.
Farooki’s film would be screened in Munich on June 29, 30 and July 1. It has also been selected for a film festival for expatriates from the Indian sub-continent in London, UK. Details of this festival will be disclosed soon. The film started its international tour winning two jury prizes in Moscow International Film Festival this year. Jahid Hasan, Tisha, Mamunur Rashid, Eyad Hourani, Parambrata Chatterjee and more star in the film. It attempts to present the positive peaceful message of Islam against distortions.