The 21st edition of the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), one of the longest-running cultural festivals in the country kicked-off on January 14.
The Philippines has three (3) entries: The Baseball Player, directed by Carlo Obispo (Asian Cinema category); Joel Lamangan’s Walker under Cinema of the World category, and Batsoy, directed by Ronald Espinosa Batallones under the Children’s Films category.
In support of the Philippine films represented at the 21st Dhaka International Film Festival, the Philippine Embassy in Bangladesh participated in the screening of "Batsoy". The Filipino film directed by the Ilonggo director, Ronald Espinosa Batallones.
Ronald Espinosa Batallones’s intense film received thundering applause. The film chronicles the life of two young siblings go on an adventure to satiate their delectable craving for batsoy. Batsoy is an ultimate noodle soup that originated from the province of Iloilo, Philippines.
The theme of the festival is “Better Film, Better Audience, and Better Society.” The DIFF features 252 movies from 71 countries competing under ten (10) categories: Asian Cinema, Retrospective, Wide Angle, Tribute, Bangladesh Panorama, Cinema of the World, Children’s Films, Women Filmmakers, Short and Independent Films, and Spiritual Films.
Film screenings are held at the Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib auditorium (main auditorium) and Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum, National Art Gallery auditorium, Nandan Theatre open ground and Jatiya Sangeet and Nrityakala auditorium of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), Star Cineplex (Bashundhara City) and Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (Dhanmondi) and the event will continue till January 22.