Bangladeshi Film ‘Saatao’ to Shine at Italy’s Religion Today Film Festival
The critically acclaimed film “Saatao,” directed by Khandaker Sumon, continues to soar to new heights as it secures a spot at the prestigious Religion Today Film Festival in Italy. This achievement comes on the heels of “Saatao” receiving the coveted Critics’ Award in the Bangladesh Panorama section at the 21st Dhaka International Film Festival.
Scheduled to take place from September 13 to 20, the Religion Today Film Festival in Italy is set to feature a diverse selection of 40 films from different corners of the globe. Khandaker Sumon, the visionary filmmaker behind “Saatao,” has expressed his excitement about the film’s participation in this esteemed international event.
The 26th edition of the festival, slated for September 16, will mark the Italian premiere of “Saatao.” Speaking about the festival, Sumon shared, “The main characteristic of the film festival is that it features spiritual films and inter-religious dialogue. If viewers discover spiritual elements in ‘Saatao’ after watching it, I will be happy.”
Despite his strong desire to attend the festival in Italy, Sumon has regrettably cited unavoidable circumstances that prevent his physical presence. Nevertheless, he remains hopeful that film enthusiasts and connoisseurs of cinema will find “Saatao” unique and engaging.
“Saatao,” produced by Sharif Ul Anwar Sazzan under the banner of Idea Exchange, offers an intimate portrayal of the challenges faced by marginalized communities in society. Set against the backdrop of rural life in villages situated near rivers, the film delves into the harsh realities of villagers exploited by loan sharks and the struggles of local farmers, among other compelling narratives.
Aynun Nahar Putul and Fazlul Haque deliver remarkable performances in the lead roles, bringing authenticity and depth to the characters they portray. The film also boasts a talented ensemble cast, featuring Md Salauddin, Sabera Yasmin, Swakkha Shahid, Shraboni Dad Rimi, Tasmita Shimu, Mitu Sarker, Faruk Chinu, Afrina Bulbul, Rubel Lodi, Kamruzzaman Rabbi, and many more, including the residents of Teesta Bazaar, who contributed to the rich tapestry of the film’s narrative.
As “Saatao” continues to captivate audiences and earn recognition on the global stage, it stands as a testament to the power of storytelling in shedding light on the struggles and resilience of marginalized communities worldwide. The film’s journey from Dhaka to Italy’s Religion Today Film Festival underscores its impact and universal appeal in the world of cinema.