Posted on August 2, 2018
Films 4 Peace Foundation is working to promote peace through films and strategic creative communication. In 2009, Film Maker and peace activist Pervez Siddiqui got Peace Fellowship from the University of Oslo, Norway. Later, he received….
another fellowship from Diplomacy Training Programme, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia. Mr. Siddiqui made his first documentary film before migration to Norway. Later, he received training on video advocacy from WITNESS at Diplomacy Training programme and inspired to form an organisation for peace and human rights in Bangladesh through films. After return from Diplomacy Training Programme, Pervez Siddiqui discussed about it with Monis Rafiq (Film Maker) and formed WITNESS Bangladesh. This year Pervez and Monis plan to make an advocacy film to advocate for the rights of stranded Bangladesh Migrants at Libya. Later, human rights activist Ms. Sarowat Binte Islam supported their initiative and expressed her solidarity too. RMMRU and Manusher Jonno Foundation supported their first initiative. While meeting victims and witnesses to human rights violations, they were struck that their stories were being lost, buried, or ignored, and that cameras could serve as an essential tool for capturing the truth.
The film BROKEN DREAM, screened on Bangladesh and Canada, initiated an international conversation about migrants rights and their repatriation. This public outcry demonstrated the power of films to not only document incidents of abuse, but also to capture the world’s attention.
With the momentum generated by reactions, Pervez and Monis were able to realize their visionary idea of putting film at the forefront of peace and human rights advocacy and campaigns and WITNESS Bangladesh was founded in 2010. We became an independent nonprofit organization in September, 2017 and we have changed our organisation name as Films 4 Peace Foundation and registered under the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies & Firms of Bangladesh as non-profit organisation No. S-12727/2017 . (under Act XXI of 1860)
Since our founding, Films 4 Peace Foundation is dedicated to promote a peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development through films.