Interviewed by Awal Chowdhury
Translated by Sabah Mannan
Majid Movasseghi, born on 1977 is a Film Director, Critic and Professor of University. Majid Movasseghi studied in the Drama Department of Art & Architecture institute in Tehran and worked both as a theater Director and assistant of directors in Iranian cinema and television. Between 2003-2009 he was Studying Film Directing at VGIK (All- Russian State Film academy) under the guidance of Vadim Abdrashitov who is one of Russian cinema’s independent directors and is internationally renowned with awards from the Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. In order to pursue goals, Majid attended to many workshops and Master classes such as Wim Wenders, Nikita Mikhalkov, and Regis wargnier, Krzysztof Zanussi, Tonino Guerra, Werner Herzog and Istvan Szbo. His Short Films and Documentaries have been selected by a number of local and international film festivals. Majid Movasseghi has been teaching 2009-2014 various courses about Directing and Acting in various Universities. Majid held many workshops with the subject of cinema and Theater in different cities in Iran and abroad.
Q.How do you feel visiting Bangladesh?
A.I feel very happy. This is my first visit in Bangladesh. It felt really good talking to the people of this country, they are very warm hearted. I also got the opportunity to learn about the Bangladeshi culture.
Q.You trained the beginners; will they be able to make films after this workshop?
A.Yes, I believe this workshop is a big opportunity for them. If they can take advantage of this opportunity then they will be able to do filmmaking. It depends on them. They have to work hard. They have learnt to write scripts and have also gained the idea of the minimal time needed to shoot for films. Editing and sound music is important; they have been given training on all aspects of filmmaking.
Q.Apart from this, where else have you trained?
A.I have trained in many countries of the world. Till now, I have conducted workshops in 10 countries including Nepal, Bhutan, India, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Iran, Italy and many more. However, the types of students differ from each country.
Q.What are the works you are doing at present?
A.I am working on many projects both home and abroad. At present I am teaching at a university. I live in Zurich. I do workshops in many countries. Apart from this, I fulfill the duty of a jury in many festivals of the world. I work with the organizers of Moscow International Film Festival, Animation International Film Festival, The Second Theatre Festival “DOT” and many more.
Q.Say something about the Bangladeshi students.
A.Bangladeshi students are gifted. They can do very well if they work hard. This city has a lot of material for film making. This is why education is needed. If the students study then materials needed for filmmaking and documentaries are plentiful. Those who participated in training did well. It is essential for beginners to study the history and culture of this country.