Tauquir bags another award for Oggatanama

Cultural Correspondent
Tauquir Ahmed

Tauquir Ahmed

Director Tauquir Ahmed has added another feather to his cap after he won the Best Director award for his film Oggatanama at the South Asian Film Festival.
Held on September 9-11 at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, the year’s edition of the festival also honoured noted Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah, who got the Best Actor award for the film Waiting, and writer-filmmaker Deepa Mehta, who got a special award for her achievements in international cinema.
Director Jeffrey D Brown’s film Sold received the Best Film award at the festival.
Earlier, Oggatanama bagged two awards at a Kosovo-based film festival titled ‘The Goddess on the Throne,’ including best director and best screenplay.
The film, featuring the plight of expatriate workers, had its Dhaka premiere at the Star Cineplex early this month.
An Impress Telefilms production, the film was first screened at the Marché du Film of the Cannes Film Festival 2016. It stars Shahiduzzaman Selim, Mosharaf Karim, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Shatabdi Wadud, and Nipun.
The film revolves around a dead body sent to Bangladesh from a Middle Eastern country, depicting the sufferings of thousands of poor expatriate workers living and working in the developed countries.

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