Private Project

CoronaKal ( festival version )

The COVID Pandemic affected everyone across the world. Bangladesh was no different. The
way the COVID pandemic and the country’s response evolved is a story waiting to be told. Not just from the angle of the media headlines and government policy decisions but also from the way individuals and institutions adapted and responded.

The stories also highlight key aspects of the pandemic response; role of information and understanding real risk, community behavioral norms & role of community leaders, hospital infection control & medical ethics.

In this documentary, all characters share their personal and professional stories.
Dr Murshed, the director of the Holy Family hospital, tells us why his hospital became a COVID care center and how infection control challenges led to fear among his
staff but also brought them closer together as a team. Mr. Kourshed, a ward counsellor in
Narayaganj, shares his remarkable story of community action and support just when fear and panic was at its peak.

We see 2 families from different socio-economic realities and how their lives are
impacted by the pandemic in different ways. Shima, a Gazipur garment worker, must navigate a pregnancy during the pandemic and then accept the fact that her family’s economics are a priority over her fear of COVID.

In the end, the documentary explores the way events beyond our control impacted the people of Bangladesh in many different and often remarkable ways. It shows how the leadership of the country and its people were able to rise to the challenge and navigate its way through the pandemic. It challenges us to think beyond COVID to use this crisis as a chance to continue to strengthen our country’s health system and prepare for future heath crises.

  • Priota Iftekhar
  • Dr. Micheal Friedman
  • N. Rashed Chowdhury
  • Priota Iftekhar
  • Kamrul ahsan Lelin
    Director of photography
  • Ashikur Rahman Sujon
  • Rashaduzzaman Shohag
  • Shakiruzzaman pappu
    Sound Design
  • Wali Hasan
    Motion Graphics
  • Mehedi Hassan Tamzid
    Background Music
  • Saiful Islam Niloy
    Associate Producer
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    12 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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  • Dhaka
    March 14, 2021
    Star Cineplex
    Friends view star award
Director Biography - Priota Iftekhar

Priota Iftekhar is one of the first and only person to create a documentary on COVID in Bangladesh. Not only was the topic risky to film but it also had health risks.
Previously, Priota worked as programme producer in Channel I for 5 years and later on started making contents and documentary. She was the youngest director whose documentary was premiered at Star Cineplex.
She was the first Bangladeshi to study in Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares and Writer Prepares and later got a full scholarship to study at Jeff Goldberg's Studio. She later represented her country at last Cannes Film Festival.

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Director Statement

CoronaKal ( corona time-period ) is a Bangladesh based COVID documentary that tells the story of 3 people, all caught up in the pandemic in their own ways. A garment worker, a community ward counsellor and a hospital director. Their stories tell us their personal and professional journeys, their achievements and struggles. Their stories also highlight key aspects of the pandemic response; role of information and community behavioral ; role of community leaders ; role of front liners and medical ethics.