Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria participated for the first time in the Asian Film Festival in Nigeria from 10 to 14 December. 10 countries, including Bangladesh, take part in the festival that marks the second annual gala (2nd Asian Film Festival). Rina Brown, a Bengali film, was screened on 11 December, which generated appreciation from the audience. Ambassadors, High Commissioners, their husbands, members of the diplomatic crops, representatives of the Nigerian government, members of civil society and cultural organizations, film lovers and members of the foreign community, among others.
HE Md Shameem Ahsan, NDC, welcomed the guests in his remarks and expressed his joy about Bangladesh's participation in the Asian Film Festival for the first time. While the High Commissioner thanked the Government of Bangladesh and the organizers for their generous support, the High Commissioner said that this gala will help to create more understanding among the participating countries.
Drawn on a story against the background of the War of Liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, Rina Brown moves the budding relationship between two young people. Written and directed by Shameem Akhtar, a well-known filmmaker in Bangladesh, the Impress Telefilm project was made possible with a subsidy from the Government of Bangladesh. Barun Chanda, Mahfuz Rizvi and Proma Paboni are the main characters, while other members of the cast include Shampa Reza, Farhana Mithu, Ataur Rahman, Saberi Alam, Manash Chowdhury and Prabal Chowdhury. This is the first time that a film about the liberation war of Bangladesh was screened at a film festival in Nigeria.
The High Commission also set up a stall at the festival and presented various publications on Bangladesh, including the publications on the Liberation War and the tourist potential. A large number of traditional articles and jute articles were also on display.