Documentary film ‘Antara’ awarded at UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival
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Bangladeshi director Farid Ahmad produced Antara has won the ‘Best Film, Childhood in the Pandemic’ award at the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival 2021 (UIFF).
“The sudden reality of being confined brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic affected children psychologically. It led to feelings of isolation and affected their dreams. The film came about trying to capture those experiences and tell their story”, said director Farid Ahmad.
The short documentary Antara tells the story of lockdown through the eyes of a young girl living in a densely populated neighbourhood in Bangladesh, read a press release.
The jury selected this film because of its ability to convey the young protagonist’s sense of entrapment.
The festival, which is organized by UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti, celebrates films that have skilfully captured what it means to be a child today.