Alliance Française de Dhaka

L’Alliance s’engage dans la faisabilité de projet à long terme. À la fois en organisant des residences, mais aussi en trouvant des moyens financiers auprès de ses différents partenaires.

 

Alliance Française de Dhaka is dedicated to ensuring the viability of long-term projects through the organization of residencies and the acquisition of financial support from its diverse range of partners.

Song of Jhinuk

“Song of Jhinuk” is a 3D animated feature film to instil hope in children amidst the looming threat of climate change in Bangladesh. The narrative follows the daring journey of a 10-year-old girl as she traverses through time and across oceans to shield her marine companions from a malevolent pollution-induced monster lurking beneath the waves.

 

Born out of a deep concern for the countless reports of marine species washing up on shores worldwide, particularly in Bangladesh’s coastal regions, the project commenced development in 2022. Led by writer-director Afroza Hossain, with Hasib Zuberi Shihan as Producer and Team Platform Ltd. as the production company. In Januaray 2023, this project was awarded winner prize at the second edition of West Meets East Lab, Dhaka International Film Festival under the  mentorship of Nina Lath.

 

In September 2023, during a cultural meetup organised by Alliance Française de Dhaka, the writer-director had the honour of presenting her work and aspirations to the esteemed President of France, Mr. Emmanuel Macron. 

Laurie meets the ghosts of Bengal

Laurie Canac, a puppeteer, has embarked on a research-based theatre endeavor centered on the spirits of Bengal. She will journey through various villages, delving into the local beliefs and investigating the presence of ghosts.

Utilizing her discoveries, she will craft a performance, with the assistance of Sumi, a teenage puppeteer from Thakurgaon, who will be joining her as an assistant in this project.

Made in Puran Dhaka by Ramona and Gale

Artists Ramona and Gale traveled around Puran Dhaka and explores the lives around the river Buriganga to create video art which are integrated in their live performance.

Song of Whales

‘Song of Whales’ is a classic 2D animated short film in production by Afroza Hossain Sara and Team about human greed destroying the environment and the impending catastrophe, as seen through the eyes of a deprived fisherman and nature’s revolt portrayed by a grieving mother whale. Curated by Azizee Fawmi Khan, the narrative is conveyed in the exhibition through a series of incredibly emotional and impactful visual depictions. The entire adaptation becomes an orchestrated, yet singular form of narrative art, with mood boards, concept paintings of the film, and texts to interact with.

 

On January 20, 2023, an exhibition was arranged to raise support for this film at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka. The 4-day showcase of the film’s materials was inaugurated by Her Excellency Marie Masdupuy, French Ambassador to Bangladesh. Prominent visual artist Dilara Begum Jolly and renowned film maker and critic Sadia Khalid Reeti graced the opening ceremony with their speech.

Kathputli

The captivating event titled “Kathputli — Dances and Puppets of Rajasthan” was a collaborative endeavor by Alliance Française de Dhaka and Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, produced by Théâtre en Tête. It featured two compelling stories: one that depicted the vibrant culture, traditions, and the Jaipur Kite Festival of Rajasthan, and another that delved into historical interactions between the Mughal emperor Akbar and the kings of Rajasthan. The event was graced by distinguished guests, including the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Pranay Kumar Verma, and the French Ambassador to Bangladesh, Marie Masdupuy, underscoring the international significance of this cultural showcase at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Made in Bangladesh

In celebration of World Music Day 2023, a multidisciplinary musical and theatrical performance titled “Made in Bangladesh” by Max Vandervorst of Belgium and Rahul Ananda of Bangladesh was staged on 20 June and 21 June 2023 at the Alliance Française de Dhaka and Ecole Française Internationale de Dhaka. Before the performance, they collaborated on creating a euphonic harmony using parts of rickshaws and bicycles from 10 to 19 June 2023.

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