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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tareque Masud, Bangladeshi independent film director, died from a traffic collision he was , 54.

Tareque Masud  was an award-winning Bangladeshi independent film director died from a traffic collision he was , 54. He was known for directing the films Muktir Gaan (1995) and Matir Moina (2002), for which he won a two international awards, one of them the International Critics' Prize, FIPRESCI Prize, in the Directors' Fortnight section outside competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. He died in a road accident on 13 August 2011 while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj on the Dhaka-Aricha highway after visiting a filming location. His microbus collided head-on with an oncoming passenger bus. The cinematographer Mishuk Munier, a long-time colleague, was also killed in the accident, while Masud's wife Catherine Masud was seriously injured. At the time of his death, Masud was working on a movie titled Kagojer Ful (The Paper Flower). In 2012, he received Ekushey Padak, the highest civilian award of Bangladesh posthumously.


Tareque Masud was born on 6 December 1956 in Nurpur village, Bhanga Upazila, Faridpur District, East Pakistan. He had started his education in an Islamic madrasah, but the outbreak of the Bangladesh Liberation War against Pakistan forces in 1971 put an end to his studies at the Islamic seminary. After the war, Masud pursued general education. he had completed his HSC from Dhaka College also completed his hons' and Masters degree in History from Dhaka University.
His wife, Catherine Masud, is a Chicago-born film editor.Tareque Masud and Catherine had the sort of relationship of which most couples can only dream. For the last two decades, they lived together, raised their child together, worked together, wrote scripts together, made films together, and even won the Cannes together.[7] They have a son, Nishad Bingham Putra Masud.


One of Masud's earliest works was the documentary Adam Surat (Inner Strength) on the Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan of Narail District which he completed in 1989. His most famous film in early age of his career was the documentary Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom, 1995) where camera follows a music troupe during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The members of the troupe sing songs to inspire freedom fighters. The film was made mainly based on the footage of American filmmaker Lear Levin that Masud got from the basement of Levin's house in New York.
Along with his US-born wife, Catherine Masud, who was his co-director and a film editor, Masud ran a film production house based in Dhaka named Audiovision.
His first full-length feature film, Matir Moina (English release title "The Clay Bird") which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, derives inspiration from his own childhood experiences. He won the International Critic's Award at the Cannes film Festival in 2002 for this film,[2] as well as the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight for "its authentic, moving and delicate portrayal of a country struggling for its democratic rights."[8] Matir Moina was received with critical praise and toured the international circuit. It was one of the first Bangladeshi films to be widely circulated and was greeted with enthusiasm for its realistic depiction of life without the melodrama that is prevalent in many other South Asian films.
His latest film, Ontorjatra, is a tale of two generations of Bangladeshi diaspora in London. The film describes the short visit home of a divorced mother and her son. The next project of Tareque and Catherine Masud is Kagojer Phool (The Paper Flower) which deals with the incidents of the partition of the Indian subcontinent. This film may be called the prequel of Matir Moina.


Masud died in a road accident near Ghior Upazila on 13 August 2011 while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj on the Dhaka-Aricha highway after visiting a shooting location. His microbus collided head-on with an oncoming passenger bus.[3] In the accident, his wife Catherine Masud was also seriously injured. He along with the other passengers were traveling to choose shooting locations for his new film. The name of his new movie is "Kagojer Ful" (The Paper Flower) filming of which was supposed to begin after shooting locations were elected.[4]
Masud was travelling with long-time co-worker Mishuk Munier, a well-known cinematographer, TV journalist and CEO of ATN News. Munier also died in the accident. The coffins of Masud and Munier were laid out in front of the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Sunday the 14 August, when thousands of Bangladeshis came to pay their last respects. Ashfaque Munier was also the son of the martyred Bengali intellectual Munier Chowdhury who was killed by collaborators during the liberation war of 1971.


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  • Sonar Beri (The Chains of Gold), 1985
  • Adam Surat (The Inner Strength)(16mm, 54 mins), 1989
Dir: Tareque Masud
Documentary on the life and art of the Bangladeshi painter S.M. Sultan.
  • Se (The Conversation)(35mm, 10 mins), 1993
Dir: Tareque Masud, Shameem Akhter
Short fiction about a strained reunion between a man and a woman.
  • Unison (Umatic video, 4 mins), 1994
Animated film about the unity of humankind.
  • Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom)(35mm, 78 mins), 1995
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud
Feature length documentary film about a troupe of traveling musicians during the Bangladesh Liberation War '71.
  • Muktir Kotha (The Story of Freedom)(Betacm SP, 82 mins), 1996
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud
Oral history documentary about experience of ordinary villagers during 1971 Liberation War
  • Voices of Children (Betacam SP, 30 mins), 1997
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud; Prod: Unicef/Audiovision
Documentary on working children in Bangladesh.
  • In the Name of Safety (DVCam, 25 mins), 1998
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud; Prod: TVE London/Audiovision
Documentary on human rights abuses in Bangladesh
  • Narir Kotha (Women & War)(Betacam SP, 25 mins), 2000
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud
Documentary on experience of women survivors of war.
Dir: Tareque Masud; Producer: Catherine Masud; Production: Audiovision/MK2
A feature film based on the director's childhood experience in a madrasa in rural East Pakistan during the turbulent 1960s.
  • A Kind of Childhood (Betacam SP, 50 mins), 2002
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud; Prod: Xingu Films/Audiovision
A documentary on the lives and struggles of working children in Dhaka city, followed over the course of six years.
  • Ontarjatra (The Homeland), 2006
A film about a divorced lady who is returning to her homeland with her son to attend her former husband's funeral.
  • Runway Premiered on 2 October 2010
  • Kagojer Phool (The Paper Flower), Forthcoming
  • Noroshundor (The Barber)



Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom)
  • 1997 Film South Asia, Special Mention[9]
Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)[10]


Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)[10]
Matir Moina was also the first Bangladeshi film to compete for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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