Saturday Afternoon

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Saturday Afternoon
(SHONIBAR BIKEL)

by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Bangladesh

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Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Script: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Cinematographer: Aziz Zhambakiyev

Editing: Momin Biswas

Music: Pavel Areen

Cast: Jahid Hassan, Parambrata Chatterjee, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Eyad Hourani

Production: Jaaz Multimedia, Chabial Tandem Productions

Contact:
Chabial
Dhaka 1212
Bangladesh
chabialfilms@gmail.com

Year: 2019

Screening: 2020

DCP, Color, 86 min, 
OV Bengali and English with English and French Electronic Subtitles

French Premiere

An unprecedented terrorist attack takes place in a peaceful café in the center of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, on a nice Saturday afternoon. The terrorists use religion to divide and to kill people, while the surviving hostages, all of them also Muslims, try to defend their own humanistic values. The film unravels the clashes and contradictions of religion, ideology, and civilizations through a terror drama shot in single take in that Dhaka café which acts as a miniature of the conflicted world we live in.

« Although this is a film that portrays a terror incident which shook the very core of a multi-faceted Bangladeshi society, I was rather drawn to the story just because I was fascinated by HOPE! We have long been hearing and seeing the terrorists or terror attacks around the world. Probably the time has come for the world to hear and listen to the moderate voices who stand like a silent rock in front of the Islamist extremists, who negate them philosophically, who challenge the extremists’ idea of religion, who emit the light of hope through their sacrifices and silent resistance! » Mostafa Sarwar Farooki

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