We firmly believe there is no country of youth. Young people struggle with the same enthusiasm, love of life, love for humanity, and dream of a beautiful world. There are different ways and ideals in the fight.
Cinema Bangladesh is a film society for them that lifted the camera as a weapon. The state structure sets us separate and wants to dismantle the boundaries of the land. But at the end of the day our communication, and thoughts cannot be interrupted in exchange for a few. We have created our own ways to combine language, as well as communication language, without limiting all the boundaries, languages, and territorial distances. The influence of films in our society is bidirectional. Society is reflected in films and in turn films influence society by changes in representations, challenging the audience’s morals and transforming viewers’ opinions. Films are not only influential but also a source of entertainment and escapism. Films enhance creative sense and also can create awareness about the importance of education, art, sports, and politics, and can also warn us about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other criminal activities. In short, the film helps awaken our sense of responsibility and empathy towards such situations.
Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh's ICT advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy announced the list of the 30 youth-led organizations who have been conferred the award for Cinema Bangladesh's contribution to the betterment of society and for providing a platform for homegrown filmmakers and film activists to interact with international filmmakers.
Cinema Bangladesh is the first and only film society to win the award.
Hemanta Sadeeq, the founding president of Cinema Bangladesh, has been honored with the prestigious Global Youth Leadership Award, for his invaluable contribution to the development of decentralized filmmaking practices in Bangladesh. Hemanta's passion for cinema and his vision to promote a more inclusive and diverse film industry has been the driving force behind his organization's success in providing young and aspiring filmmakers with a nurturing platform to showcase their talents.
Under Hemanta's visionary leadership, Cinema Bangladesh has organized several international film festivals that have earned critical acclaim and provided emerging filmmakers with unparalleled opportunities to connect with industry experts and hone their craft. These festivals have helped elevate the profile of Bangladeshi cinema on the global stage, promoting cultural exchange and advancing the country's artistic and creative aspirations.
The Global Youth Leadership Award was presented to Hemanta at the Global Youth Leadership Summit in Bangkok, Thailand.