IEFTA participates in 4th Dhaka Doc Lab

IEFTA partnered with Dhaka Doc Lab for the 3rd consecutive year to identify and support South Asian documentary talent and select a filmmaker for its Global Film Expression initiative.

Nineteen projects were showcased during the Dhaka DocLab pitch sessions and were attended by a wide variety of industry professionals and mentors focused on documentary film. MUNNI by Tahrima Kahn was selected for inclusion in IEFTA’s first Dok Leipzig Works-in-Progress Showcase, a program highlighting the projects of talented documentary filmmakers from under-represented regions.

Istiak Mahmood Shaon’s Jute Days of our Life was also selected for mentorship through IEFTA’s Global Film Expression Initiative.





Tahrima Khan is a public health graduate from Tsinghua University in China. Her jobs in the development sector have given her an intensive understanding of the problem that happens during implementing a development goal. As a passionate social worker, she has been working on projects that used as communication and advocacy tools for many international organizations. Her directed first documentary ‘Colour of water’ was funded by the British council and was made under the International Climate Champion (ICC) program. She has also worked in several documentaries on the indigenous community of Bangladesh in the Chittagong Hill Tracks area. She has partnered in many fiction projects with talented Bangladeshi filmmaker Abu Shahed Emon. “MUNNI” is her first feature documentary.




Istiak Mahmood Shaon is a Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker. Born and raised in Khulna, he graduated from Khulna University with a degree in Sociology and then continued his education at The University of Dhaka for Television, Film and Photography studies. Through the use of film as a tool for change, Istiak is actively trying to reshape people’s perspectives through his work. He is currently working on his first documentary film project titled Jute Days of our Life.