DHAKA, Jan 27, 2021 (BSS) – A rare documentary made on the life of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, made by imminent Japanese film director Nagisa Oshima just after the independence of Bangladesh, was screened at foreign service academy here today.
Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, state minister for foreign affairs Md. Shariar Alam, foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen, Chief Coordinator of the National Implementation Committee of Mujib Barsha Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito were present on the occasion.
Foreign ministry organised the event to screen the documentary titled “Bengal no Chichi Lama (The Father of Bangladesh)” in Japanese language with English subtitled as part of celebrating Mujib Barsha, marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.
Thanking the Japanese envoy for his support to screen the rare film here on Bangabandhu, the foreign minister said, “I am pleased that we could have a documentary on Bangabandhu in Japanese language for easy understanding of our friends of Japan”.
Dr Momen said Bangabandhu was truly a pragmatic leader whose directions and policies still guide the nation towards the echelon of “Golden Bengal”.
“Except Nelson Mandela there is no other leaders who suffered imprisonment for years to establish justice, end disparity, discrimination, deprivation as well as promote and establish democracy,” he said.
Momen said that Bangabandhu was imprisoned by Pakistani army and verdict was given for his death in Pakistan but he did not give up.
Noting that Bangabandhu had inherited a country with nothing but scorched earth, the foreign minister said “On those days, Japan came out to help us without reservation and ever since our relationship is rock solid.
Under the very able and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, Bangladesh has come a very long way since independence and itis considered as a development miracle to the rest of the world.
“We are no longer a basket case but a land of opportunity, a vibrant economy,” he said adding, “We are lucky to have a visionary leader like Bangabandhu and a statesman like Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina”.
The foreign ministry along with all Bangladesh missions abroad have joined the celebration process across the globe with a view to disseminating the glorious history of Bangabandhu and Bangladesh, he said.