The 19th Dhaka International Film Festival officially began through the inaugural programme at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on Saturday afternoon.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr AK Abdul Momen was present as the chief guest and Indian High Commissioner Vikram K Doraiswami was present as the special guest at the inaugural ceremony, said a press release.
Dr AK Abdul Momen said, "Forgetting economic-social and cultural differences, films can unite people of all civilisation. It's a commendable initiative during this time of coronavirus crisis."
He expressed his gratitude to the organisers for dedicating the 19th festival to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Indian High Commissioner Vikram K Doraiswami said, "India has always played a positive role in the development of culture in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has been focused in the National Film Festival of India this time."
He also mentioned that India is jointly making a film based on Bangabandhu's life with Bangladesh, the press release added.
Cultural figures M Hamid and Mofidul Hoque was also present on the occassion. Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy provided the cultural performances at the program.