Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema Just like the previous years, Rainbow Film Society is expecting numbers of woman filmmakers, actors and personalities from all over the world for attending our very important segment- “Sixth Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema 2020”. This conference will be held on Sunday 12 January and Monday 13 January, 2020 at the Dhaka Club Samson Lounge (2nd floor).

This will also serve the purpose of a platform that will address issues concerning women through the work being done by the invited panel of women guests. Given that women compose half of humanity and the inherent importance and relevance of women's issues in global progress; it is high time that such a conference is convened in a country like Bangladesh, more so as the world is going through enormous changes on all fronts having both positive and negative implications for women. Having said this, I would also mention that this conference will serve as the heart of our upcoming festival.

Following Keynote papers will be presented during this segment by following presenters.

1. "It's 2020 will it be 50/50? (Women in film industry have targeted equality in the selection and judgement of films at the film festivals. 50/50 by 2020 has been the motto. It is already 2020 and the expectation for parity is high. Most of the major film festivals signed a pledge in order to realize it. Does the industry really care about 50/50 by 2020? A critical look at this movement, an evaluation of its achievements and impact, a discussion about the evolvement)" By AlinTasciyan, film critic from Istanbul, Turkey.

2. "Bangladeshi Women's Contribution in the technical fields of cinema." By ChaitaliSomadder, independent film maker, editor and instructor from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

3. "TahaderKotha: the Binaries between Public-Private: Depiction of Refugee Women Breadwinners in Post-Partition Bengali Cinema (1950s to 1970s)". By Dr. DebjaniHalder, independent film maker and Film Research Officer, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

4. "Hard Won Lessons"(shares some highlights of her work experiences, and 'lessons learned', gathered from many years of working in the international film industry.) By Hannah Fisher, International Film Programmer, Festival Director and Activist from Toronto, Canada.

5. "New Trends in Feminist Films from South Asia" By MeenakshiShedde, journalist and award-winning film critic is based in Mumbai, India. She is South Asia Delegate to the Berlin Film Festival.

6. “Reaching Out and Linking Arms Around the World” By Sydney Levine, trainer/ educator, writer and consultant for festival, international sales and financing strategies from LA, USA.

So start your rescheduling now if you are interested to join. We welcome you and want you to attend this two daylong ‘Six Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema 2020’ as it carries a very authentic purpose and will enhance many minds morally.

Ms. Sydney Levine

Conference Director
She has 40+ years’ experience in the film industry where she currently is a trainer/ educator, writer and consultant for festival, international sales and financing strategies. She was the first woman in international distribution, with 20th Century Fox, became an acquisitions executive and created the industry’s first database in 1988 which later was the basis for Cannes' Cinando.com and was then acquired by IMDb in 2007. Her blog SydneysBuzz appears on IMDb and at Blogs.SydneysBuzz.com.

Ishrat Khan Barsha

Conference Coordinator
She is a faculty at the Department of Women & Gender Studies, University of Dhaka. As a Commonwealth Scholar, she is currently doing her PhD at the University of Sussex, UK. Her earlier professional exposure at development organizations and later involvement in multiple research with Promundo US (MenCare Project), NWO-WOTRO (Dutch Govt funded SRHR research), UNDP, WHO, CMMS (Centre for Men and Masculinities Studies) have contributed to the knowledge generation in the field of Gender Studies in Bangladesh.