A Film for Peace

IREX Europe’s documentary “In Search of Freedom” has been preselected by the international festival “A Film For Peace”. “In Search of Freedom” was produced and filmed in Bangladesh and portrays young Bangladeshis talking about issues of importance to them such as education, gender equality and extremism in the context of the promise of the Bangladeshi constitution and the hopes of the first years of independence and the realities of today. The film was shown to over 90,000 Bangladeshis in rural villages using a “mobile cinema” and was followed by discussion sessions on these issues and the compatibility of democracy and Islam. Now “In Search of Freedom” is being shown in Italy, with its first screening in the town of Cormons in North East Italy on Thursday the 9th of June, as part of this important international festival.

For more information on the festival “A Film for Peace” see : http://www.unfilmperlapace.it/

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74 selected films will be shown at the festival in a variety of towns in Italy, with films coming from all five continents. Four finalists will be selected for a final viewing before a Technical Jury, which will then make a final decision with an awards ceremony to be held at the national monument “Ara Pacis Mundi” on July 19 at 20:30.

“In Search of Freedom” addresses the challenges in society that are driving youth away from democracy and toward extremism. During the project the film was taken to 60 villages across rural Bangladesh, reaching a total audience of 96,700 people. "In Search of Freedom," is available online on YouTube in four parts:Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4. See the Part 1 embedded below. For more information on this UK Foreign and Commonwealth Global Opportunities Fund project see: Bangladesh : Mobile Documentary Cinema on Democracy and Islam

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