TV chief, filmmaker killed

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Mishuk Munier, the CEO of ATN News, and Tareque Masud, an award-winning filmmaker, were among five killed in an accident on the Dhaka-Aricha highway, police say.

Manikganj SP Mohammad Ali told that they were travelling in the same car when the accident occurred near Ghior, Manikganj, around mid-day Saturday.

Ali said the victims’ microbus collided head-on with an oncoming passenger bus.

They were returning to Dhaka from Manikganj after visiting a shooting location for his new film Kagojer Phool (The Paper Flower). Masud’s wife Catherine Masud was also seriously injured in the accident.

Munier is son of 1971 martyred intellectual Munier Chowdhury and he taught video journalism at the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Dhaka University.

Masud directed a number of critically acclaimed films such as Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom) and Matir Moina (The Clay Bird) that won a FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Banned by the government in May 2002, .Matir Moina was the first film from Bangladesh to go on general release in the UK.

Born at Bhanga, Masud and Catherine, who is his co-director and a film editor, run a film production house, Audiovision.

The New York Times’ Elvis Mitchell wrote in June 2003 about The Clay Bird: “Masud’s expansive fluidity is rapturous, inspired equally by the floating equanimity of Satyajit Ray and the work of the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who deftly uses ritual behavior to provide social commentary.”



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