Centerpiece Gala: Ant Story || Reception

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Directed by  Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Run time:  92min
Language: Bangla (with English subtitles)
Country: Bangladesh
Year: 2013

Ant Story is a wry comedy about Mithu, an incorrigible daydreamer who gets ever more embroiled in his fantasies. Everyday on the way back to his suburban home on the other side of the river, struggling young graduate Mithu keeps gazing at the dazzling city of Dhaka which is like a big pie. Everybody wants to have a stake in that pie. Mithu feels he is not properly equipped to win over his stake. So he starts to equip himself in an unusual and unethical fashion. He realizes when the world can not be changed according to his wish; it is easier to create a new customized world in his head! He embarks on a journey of faking, lying, and fantasizing. He feels the immense pleasure of creativity because ‘truth is what one has while lies are what one creates’. It then turns out to be a dangerously ‘creative’ game of sex-lies-and videotape.

Filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki will be in attendance for post-film Q/A and reception


DIRFarooki is a Bangladeshi film director, screenwriter and film producer. Farooki is considered one of the leading figures to bring modernism/realism in Bangladeshi Cinema. His works often switch between a real and quasi-real world. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki could be the next South-east Asian filmmaker to break out”, The Hollywood Reporter wrote in the review of his film Television. Variety’s Jay Weissberg wrote. “Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a key exemplar of Bangladeshi new wave cinema movement”. He is also the pioneer of an avant-garde filmmakers’ movement called “Chabial”. His 2012 feature Television was the closing film of Busan festival and won Grand Jury Prize in Asia Pacific Screen Award 2013 in addition to 5 more international awards from Dubai, Jogja-Indonesia, Asiatica-Roma, and Kolkata. He has just completed his fifth feature titled Ant Story.

9PM: Reception to follow with Director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Recipient of Tasveer Emerald Award

screenshot-2016-09-25-01-17-04Reception will follow upstairs in Fuller Garden Court, catered by Taste. Hor d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

Live performance by Bangladeshi singer Neela to be followed by band

Anjuman: Where Rumba Meets Raga.
Anjuman is a Seattle based Indian fusion group. They combine the rhythmic vitality of salsa drumming with the haunting melodies of India. Phil Georgas – Bass; Seth Littlefield – Percussion; Brandon McIntosh – Sarod