Tareque Al Masud
6 December 1956
|Died||13 August 2011 (aged 54)|
|Resting place||Nurpur, Bhanga, Faridpur|
|Monuments||The Wreckage Microbus of Mishuk Munier and Tareque Masud|
|Other names||Cinema Feriwalla|
|Alma mater||University of Dhaka|
|Known for||Matir Moina|
|Awards||Ekushey Padak (2012)|
Tareque Masud (6 December 1956 – 13 August 2011) was a Bangladeshi independent film director, film producer, screenwriter and lyricist. He first found success with the films Muktir Gaan (1995) and Matir Moina (2002), for which he won three international awards, including the International Critics' FIPRESCI Prize, in the Directors' Fortnight at 2002 Cannes Film Festival. The film became Bangladesh's first film to compete for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Masud died in a road accident on 13 August 2011 while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj on the Dhaka-Aricha highway after visiting a filming location. Masud was working on Kagojer Phool (The Paper Flower).
In 2012, he posthumously received Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award of Bangladesh. In 2013, New York University Asian/Pacific/American Institute, and South Asia Solidarity Initiative, hosted the first North American retrospective of his films.
Masud was born on 6 December 1956 in Nurpur village, Bhanga Upazila, Faridpur District, East Pakistan. He grew up in Nurpur village and started his education in an Islamic school (madrasah). He studied in the madrassa system for eight years, until the upheaval brought about by the 9-month Liberation War interrupted his education in 1971. After the war, he entered general education, completing his HSC from Notre Dame College and completed his master's degree in History from the University of Dhaka.
Tareque was involved in the film society movement from his university days and started his first film, Adam Surat (The Inner Strength), a documentary on the Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan, in 1982. His 1995 feature-length documentary on the 1971 Liberation War, Muktir Gaan (Song of Freedom), brought record audiences and became a cult classic. He also made many other films on the war, including Muktir Kotha (Words of Freedom, 1999), Narir Kotha (Women and War, 2000) and Naroshundor (The Barbershop, 2009). In 2002, he completed his feature film Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), which was based on his childhood experience in the madrassa.
As a part of his filmmaking work, he was a pioneer of the independent film movement in Bangladesh. In 1986, Tareque was a founding member of Bangladesh Short Film Forum, the leading platform for independent filmmakers in Bangladesh. In 1988, he organized the country's first International Short and Documentary Film Festival, which is held on a biannual basis to this day. He was also known as the "Cinema Feriwalla" for the way in which he showed his films, touring remote towns and villages throughout the country with his mobile projection unit.
His wife, an American-born film editor Catherine Masud, was his creative partner. They met at the time he was completing work on Adam Surat and spent the next two decades making films together through their production house Audiovision. Together they wrote scripts, often co-directed, and toured the country and the world with their films. Catherine also edited all of their work.
Masud's first film was the documentary Adam Surat (Inner Strength) on the Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan which he completed in 1989. His most famous film in the early age of his career was the documentary Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom, 1995) where the camera follows a music troupe during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The members of the troupe sing songs to inspire freedom fighters.
His first full-length feature film, Matir Moina ("The Clay Bird", 2002) which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, derives inspiration from his own childhood experiences. He won the International Critic's Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 for this film, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight for "its authentic, moving and delicate portrayal of a country struggling for its democratic rights." Matir Moina was received with critical praise and toured the international circuit. It was one of the first Bangladeshi films to be widely circulated and was greeted with enthusiasm for its realistic depiction of life without the melodrama that is prevalent in many other South Asian films.
His film, Ontarjatra ("Homeland", 2006), featured two generations of Bangladeshi diaspora in London and their return to Bangladesh. His next feature film, Runway (2010) was about the influence of radical religious teachings on a young boy, caught between many modernistic. Masud's last unfinished project was Kagojer Phool ("The Paper Flower"), about the partition of the Indian subcontinent. This film has become a prequel to Matir Moina (2002).
Masud and Catherine Shapere have a son, Nishad Bingham Putra Masud.
On 13 August 2011, Masud died in a road accident at Joka under Ghior Upazila while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj on the Dhaka-Aricha highway after visiting a shooting location. His microbus collided head-on with an oncoming passenger bus. He along with the other passengers were travelling to choose shooting locations for his new film Kagojer Phool (The Paper Flower), filming of which was supposed to begin after shooting locations were elected.
Masud's wife, Catherine, along with four others, survived the accident. Since his death, Catherine has established the Tareque Masud Memorial Trust, which is dedicated to the task of archiving and memorializing Masud's work through publications, educational projects, screening programs, and the completion of their unfinished works.
Masud was received many international and national awards for his notable works. He received Best Film Award from Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards in 1996 and a Special Jury Prize from Festival of South Asian Documentaries in 1997 and a National Award for Documentary film Muktir Gaan.
He received an International Critics' FIPRESCI Prize, in the Directors' Fortnight section outside competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. Best Screenplay Award from International Film Festival of Marrakech in 2002. Best Film Award from Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Kara Film Festival and Channel I Film Awards in 2003 from the film Matir Moina (2002).
After Masud received Jury Prize from International Video Festival of India in 2003, Best Direction award from International Film Festival Bangladesh in 2006, Special Jury Award, Osian's Cinefan Festival Delhi in 2006, Meril Prothom Alo Awards in 2010 etc.
In 2012, he received Ekushey Padak, the highest civilian award of Bangladesh posthumously. In 2013, New York University Asian/Pacific/American Institute, and South Asia Solidarity Initiative, hosted the first North American retrospective of his films.
Masud has frequently cast the same actors more than once in films that he has directed.
Masud's films have recurring themes with subtexts. These include the religious conflicts between humanity and society, strong female characters, and a strong patriot movement.
|1985||Shonar Beri||Yes||Yes||No||No||Documentary film|
|1989||Adam Surat||Yes||No||Yes||No||Biogralhical documentary on SM Sultan|
|1992||Unison||Yes||Yes||No||No||Animated documentary film|
Co-directed by Shameem Akhter
|1995||Muktir Gaan||Yes||No||No||No||Documentary film
footage filmed by Lear Levin
|1997||Shishu Kantha||Yes||Yes||No||No||Documentary film|
|1999||Nirapotter Namey||Yes||Yes||No||No||Documentary film|
|1999||Muktir Kotha||Yes||No||No||No||Documentary film|
|2000||Narir Kotha||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Documentary film|
|2002||Matir Moina||Yes||Yes||No||No||Co-written with Catherine Masud|
|2002||A Kind of Childhood||Yes||Yes||No||No||Documentary film
Co-directed with Catherine Masud
|2006||Ontarjatra||Yes||Yes||No||No||Co-directed with Catherine Masud|
|2008||Kansater Pothay||Yes||Yes||No||No||Documentary film
Co-directed with Catherine Masud
|2009||Noroshundor||Yes||Yes||No||No||Co-directed with Catherine Masud|
Co-directed with Catherine Masud
|TBA||Kagojer Phul||No||Yes||No||No||an unfinished feature|
- Punny Kabir (13 August 2012). "Revealing Tareque Masud as a lyricist". New Age. Archived from the original on 22 December 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- Official Tareque Masud website
- "Crash victims' bodies arrive, probe begins". bdnews24.com. 13 August 2011. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
- তারেক মাসুদ ও মিশুক মুনীরসহ নিহত ৫. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
- সড়ক দুর্ঘটনায় মারা গেছেন তারেক মাসুদ, মিশুক মুনীরসহ ৫ জন. Banglanews24.com (in Bengali). 13 August 2011. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
- "15 personalities receive Ekushey Padak". bdnews24.com. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
- "Tareque Masud Journey Interrupted". NYU. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Catherine Masud – Celebrating Her Cinema Feriwala's 57th Birthday". The Daily Star. 7 December 2013.
- "Tareque Masud's 61th birthday today". Jago News 24. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- "Death anniversary of Tareque, Mishuk today". Dhaka Tribune. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- একনজরে তারেক মাসুদ. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- "About: Bio". The Official Website of Tareque Masud. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Naeem Mohaiemen (2011). "An end to revisionist history?". Himal. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- Jamie Russell (3 July 2003). "The Clay Bird (Matir Moina) (2003)". BBC. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
- Ahammed, Rakib (14 August 2011). "Fate puts a full stop". The Daily Star. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "In memory of Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier". The Daily Star. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "Tareque Masud's 62nd Birthday". google.com. 6 December 2018.
- "FIPRESCI Awards 2002". ipresci.org. Archived from the original on 22 December 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- "Marrakech International Film Festival Awards 2002". Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- "Awards & Recognitions". tarequemasud.org. Archived from the original on 22 December 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- "Marrakech, Morocco". ctmasud.site.aplus.net. 22 September 2002. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- Ziad, Abdullah (2010). বাংলাদেশের চলচ্চিত্র : পাঁচ দশকের ইতিহাস [Film in Bangladesh: A History of Five Decades] (in Bengali). Dhaka: Jyoti Prakash.[ISBN missing]
- তারেক মাসুদ: জীবন ও কর্ম. Banglanews24.com (in Bengali). 13 August 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- Karlekar, Malavika (5 February 2006). "Soulful story of loss: The acclaimed film Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), which was banned in Bangladesh (for a few months), is now available on DVD". The Tribune (India). Archived from the original on 23 December 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- জাতীয় চলচ্চিত্র পুরস্কার প্রাপ্তদের নামের তালিকা (১৯৭৫-২০১২) (in Bengali). Bangladesh Film Development Corporation. p. 16. Archived from the original (pdf) on 23 December 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- "Press Conference Statement". ctmasud.site.aplus.net. 4 November 2002. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- Fahmidul Haq (2012). "Masud, Tareque". In Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir (eds.). Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
- Official website
- Works by or about Tareque Masud in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Tareque Masud at Library of Congress Authorities, with 22 catalog records
- Tareque Masud at AllMovie
- Tareque Masud at IMDb
- "Tareque Masud collected news and commentary". The New York Times
- Tareque Masud: Journey Interrupted, North American Retrospective Brochure