ULAB, in association with Tareque Masud Memorial Trust organized a program titled “Tareque Masud’s Vision: The Way Forward” at the ULAB auditorium on February 10, 2012. Catherine Masud, filmmaker and wife of late Taeque Masud, was present at the program as chief guest, while eminent film director Morshedul Islam, head of ULAB Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ) Prof Jude W Genilo, ULAB faculty members and the students also attended the program.
The first part of the daylong program started with a slideshow of photographs on Tareque Masud and screening of two of his films – “Adam Surat” and “Noroshundor”. Cathrine Masud, told how “Adam Surat” had been converted into the digital format at a studio in New York and this was the first screening of the film at ULAB. She said the film would soon be released all over Bangladesh except Dhaka.
Head of MSJ department Jude Genilo said, “ULAB as a venue of this retrospective is very logical as the university’s MSJ department has one of the finest digital films and television production programs in Bangladesh.” “Many of the future filmmakers of the country are expected to come from ULAB,” he hoped. He said a discourse on Masud’s work, life and philosophy is now building which the students of ULAB as well as the young generation should know about.
Later, a roundtable on Tareque Masud’s vision was organised. Assistant Professor of MSJ department Juditha Ohlmacher presented the keynote paper at the roundtable in which Cathrine Masud, Morshedul Islam and Shahnewaz Kabir were the panel members. Ohlmacher, in her keynote speech said, “Tareque used to believe that film should not be crude, nor should it be propaganda. It should be art and should be relevant to the society.” She mentioned that Tareque and Cathrine in their films examined different aspects of nature and origin of politics, culture, society and national identify. She expressed hope that the young generation would implement Masud’s vision forward.
The program was rounded off with the screening of Masud’s latest film “Runway”. MSJ senior lecturer Shams bin Quader moderated the program.