De Media Automatiek

a research blog by Lotte Hoek

Experimental Film at the Dhaka Art Summit

Last week, the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy hosted the second Dhaka Art Summit. Bringing an international art crowd to town, the three-day contemporary art festival organised by the Samdani Art Foundation … Continue reading

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Eid at Champakoli

‘House-full’ signs are a rare occurrence in the cinema halls in Bangladesh. Except on Eid. Film producers can be sure to earn much of their investment back during the Eid … Continue reading

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Film for Good – Anthropology News

After a decade of studying the ‘bad’ in cinema in Bangladesh, I’m moving on to exploring the ‘good’. Film enthusiast, cinephiles, true believers and activists, all on the path to a … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Once Upon a Time in East Pakistan

  This Thursday, May 1st, 2014, Delwar Hussain and I are organizing the one day workshop “Once Upon a Time in East Pakistan: State-building, decolonization and everyday life in a … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dhaka’s Digital Cinema

The idea of a ‘Digital Bangladesh’ has been a running joke ever since it was introduced by the Awami League as an election slogan in the 2008 general elections. Apparently … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Screening Cut-Pieces

In nearly ten years’ time, the projection of popular film in Bangladesh has been radically transformed. Clinging on to celluloid well into the first decade of the 21st century, there … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Uronto and the Vanishing Architecture of Bangladesh

The developer is a fearful character in the popular tales and public rumours of contemporary Bangladesh. From unscrupulous dealings to inhumane displacements, the figure of the developer is part-gangster film, … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Alamgir Kabir and ‘The Cinema in Pakistan’ (1969)

The 25th death anniversary of filmmaker Alamgir Kabir (1938-1989) has been commemorated with a three-day program at Dhaka’s Shilpakala Academy. Jointly organised by different film societies in Dhaka, the events … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment