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Television

Amin Patowary, a religious fundamentalist, is the leader of his small water-locked Bangladeshi village. He won't allow his people to have access to television or other technology. But trouble brews when the schoolteacher buys a television in this satirical folktale.

Schedule
May 21, 2013
Tuesday
8:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
May 29, 2013
Wednesday
9:15 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed

Unfolding with humor, this Bangladeshi parable is about the fundamental traditionalist versus the contemporary world. Amin Patowary, a religious fundamentalist, is the community leader of his small water-locked village. He won't allow his people to have access to television or other technology. He even speaks against imagination and he keeps very close tabs on everything that goes on in his village, putting way too much pressure on those nearest and dearest, including his independent-thinking son. When the Hindu elementary schoolteacher buys a television set and large numbers of villagers crowd inside the teacher's house to watch it, Amin Patowary puts his foot down. The villagers are immediately smitten by technology and begin to react against the rules. Meanwhile Amin hopes and dreams of the Hajji, the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca. Amin's interpretations of Islamic beliefs keep him closed to new ideas until he has his own religious breakthrough. Television is a sharp satire, with great local landscapes, many memorable faces, and a little bit Theatre of the Absurd with a lot of comedy.

Director Biography
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki is a Bangladeshi filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer. His film Third Person Singular Number premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2009 and played at the Rotterdam International Film Festival the same year.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines

Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Principal Cast: Shahir Kazi Huda, Chanchal Chowdhury, Mosharraf Karim, Nusrat Imroz Tisha
Premiere Status: North America
Country: Bangladesh
Year: 2012
Running Time: 106 minutes
Producer: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Screenplay: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Anisul Haque
Cinematographers: Golam Maola Nobir
Editors: Razon Khaled
Music: Ayub Bachchu, Ripon Nath
Website: http://www.pascaleramonda.com/television/#more-664
Awards: Dubai International Film Festival 2012 (Muhr AsiaAfrica Special Mention Feature)
Filmography: Third Person Singular Number (2009); Made in Bangladesh (2007); Bachelor (2003); ;
Language: Bengali
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Ramonda Films
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