Mostofa  Sarwar Farooki

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki


My favorite classrooms were on the streets. My favorite book was human faces.    


The pioneer of an avant-garde filmmakers’ movement called "Chabial" (the Film Hawkers) in Bangladesh, Farooki's works deal with numerous themes, such as love among young urban people, deception and hypocrisy, frustration on their own cult, traditional concept of guilt and atonement in Islamic world. He has a documentary style that sometimes takes on a poetic aspect. His third full-length feature THIRD PERSON SINGULAR NUMBER premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in 2009, and went on to compete at the Abu Dhabi Middle East International Film Festival the same year. The film had its European premier at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2010 and was awarded Best Director at Dhaka. His fourth feature TELEVISION (2012) was the closing film of Busan International Film Festival and won Jury Grand Prize in 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards in addition to 5 more international awards from Dubai, Jogja-Indonesia, Asiatica-Roma, and Kolkata. ANT STORY (2013) is his fifth feature and got nominated for Golden Goblet Awards at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival and Muhr Asia/Africa Awards at the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival. It is also in competition for 2014 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

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