Dawat: Screening & Panel Discussion

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7 Line Studio -- LIC

43-34 32nd Place

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Queens, NY 11101

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A screening of the short-film "Dawat", keynote by Shahidul Alam and conversation with a panel of distinguished Bengali film industry experts

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In Bangla “Dawat” means "invitation", usually to a feast that is held to celebrate a happy occasion.

In this spirit, we invite you to join us as we celebrate the Bengali-American creative community with a special preview screening of Dawat, a short-film presented by JHAL NYC and produced by Suswana Chowdhury.

Dawat, set in Queens, NY, is a story about the intergenerational relationship between a mother and daughter, Ishita, who has been accepted into a producers program in California and has the difficult task of breaking this news to her traditional Bengali family. The film aims to highlight the challenges and conflicts inherent in growing up in today’s distinct Bengali-American culture.

Drawing on the theme of challenge and conflict, we will have the pleasure of hearing from renowned Bangladeshi photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam who will discuss freedom of expression and his personal experience of having his voice silenced. We will also feature a panel bringing together industry experts from the Bengali-American diaspora, moderated by acclaimed video director and producer Shomi Patwary, who will discuss the challenges faced by the current generation of creatives.

Closing out the afternoon will be a live set by artist Rahmaan and a charity raffle draw for SAPNA NYC. Small bites will be provided by Jhal NYC and Nur Thai.

Program:

2:00pm -- Doors open (*food & drinks will be served promptly at 2pm)

2:45pm -- Keynote speech by Shahidul Alam

3:00pm -- Introduction & screening of “Dawat” short film

3:30pm -- Panel discussion

4:00pm -- Performance by Rahmaan

4:15pm -- Raffle for SAPNA & closing

Speakers:

  • Shahidul Alam (keynote speaker) - Photojournalist, Writer, Human Rights Activist, and Founder, Drik Gallery | TIME Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year
  • Shomi Patwary (moderator) - Video Director, Producer, Cinematographer, and Co-Founder, Illusive Media | Collaborations include: Beyonce, The Weeknd, Major Lazer
  • Nashwa Zaman - Award-Winning Writer, Director and Actor I Credits include: Champ, Fresh Blood
  • Sharbari Ahmed - Author, Playwright and Screenwriter I Credits include: Quantico Season 1, Raisins not Virgins
  • Sita Sarkar - Actor, Writer, Teacher and Classically Trained Dancer I Credits include: A Happy Divorce, The Donut Play

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7 Line Studio -- LIC

43-34 32nd Place

3R

Queens, NY 11101

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No Refunds

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