Name: Ahmed Abid
Date and place of Birth: January 2, 1968, Bangladesh
Education: PhD Candidate, Human Rights, Society and Multi Level Governance, (Joint PhD), Western Sydney University and University of Padova (Italy).
Diploma: EIUC (European- Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization) Summer School on Cinema and Human Rights, Venice, Italy, 2007.
As a film maker, activist and parallel cinema movement organizer, Abid was involved in building a platform of parallel film makers in the early 1980s. He was also an actor and critic in Bangladesh in parallel films. As a career journalist, he interviewed film makers at home and abroad and contributed to the national newspaper and web magazine www.banglalive.com as a critic. As a part of the EIUC summer school on Cinema and Human Rights follow up activities, he organized the first traveling human rights film festival in Thailand, the Move Media Rights Festival in Thailand in 2009. In 2010 he completed the documentary film on cross coastal trafficking, economic migration and a search for human security, ‘The Dreaming Vendors (original title…Ebong Shaupno Jatree)’ and so his journey began.
Abid’s film work includes:
2018: Anno Konokhane (Somewhere else, a short film by Tanveer Hassan), Co- Producer.
2016: Joined Documentary Resources Initiative of Asian Forum for Documentary titled Docadge Kolkata, India from February 29 –March 6, as a selected documentary film maker participants with joint project on migrant worker titled ‘Songs of Invisible Souls’.
2012: ‘Click to Protect, Change to Connect’ a documentary on CPP (Child Protection Partnership) and safe ICT uses for children in Thailand and Brazil, produced by Plan International, Thailand and IICRD, Canada.
2011: Human Rights Film Network Jury, 8th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Joined the Film Southasia (http://filmsouthasia.org) film festival at Nepal.
‘Votes Echoing Hope’ – a documentary film on parliamentary election in
Afghanistan 2010, produced by Asian Network for Free Election (ANFREL).
2010: The Dreaming Vendors [original title:…Ebong Shaupno Jatree], Duration: 50.30 mins
2009: Organized first Travelling Human Rights Film Festival (www.mmrf-asia.org) in Thailand from 29April-7May, 2009 as an artistic director.
2008: Participated in ‘Cinema without Borders Project’ from 26 to 30 March, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for training of organizing first human rights film festival in Thailand.
Production coordinator, The SEARCH project, South East Asia Regional Cooperation in Human Development (SEARCH), a CIDA funded project, documentary film.
2007: Specialized diploma on Cinema and Human Rights organized by EIUC (European- Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization) in Venice, Italy.
2001-2002: Script writer of documentary film as a researcher of the first national private terrestrial TV channel ‘Ekushey Television Limited’ in Bangladesh.
1985-2001: Organizer and active leader of cultural movement in Bangladesh including organizing alternative film festivals as an active member of film society.