Socially Engaged Filmmaking:  A Masterclass with Award-winning Filmmaker Sohel Rahman 

Knight Library 36 (Studio A)
Apr 17, 2023, 3:00 pm

Socially Engaged Filmmaking: A Masterclass with Award-winning Filmmaker Sohel Rahman 

Students are invited to attend an exciting masterclass with award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer Sohel Rahman on Socially Engaged Filmmaking, hosted by Cinema Studies Assistant Professor Ari Purnama. The class will include screenings of Rahman's A Passagem and Songs From Another Eden, Q&As with the filmmaker, and a short lecture: "How Can We Practice Socially Engaged Filmmaking?" with discussion on best practices and recommendations from Rahman. Light refreshments will be served.

Because of limited space, please RSVP to reserve a seat by sending an email to Professor Kathie Carpenter at

Monday, April 17 | 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Knight Library 36 (Studio A) 
Space is Limited | RSVP to Attend

Sohel Rahman

Sohel Rahman, FilmmakerSohel Rahman is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer based in Lisbon, Portugal. His films have been screened internationally in various film festivals and universities around the world. Sohel received the best feature documentary film award from the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal, Canada, in 2021 and from Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, Seattle, in 2021 for his film The Ice Cream Sellers (2021). He also received the best film award from Lusofona University, Lisbon, in 2015 for his film A Passagem (2014). In the same year, he won the Special Jury Award at the Encontros International Cinema de Vienna Film Festival in Portugal. 

Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Sohel’s love of visual art, literature and storytelling drew him to filmmaking early in life. In 2014 Sohel received a European joint master's degree in documentary film directing (Docnomads) from three prominent European Universities (Lusofona University, Lisbon, University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, and Sint LUKAS International University, Brussels). 

He also studied English literature at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Sohel finished the first semester of his PhD study in social and cultural anthropology at NOVA University of Lisbon. He worked on the CANNES award-winning Portuguese film A Fabrica de Nada (2017) as an intern. His graduation film, A Passagem (2014), was screened in many film festivals and universities, including Doclisboa international film festival and Cinemateca Portuguesa. His first feature-length creative documentary film, The Ice Cream Sellers (2021), about the Rohingya genocide, has been screened in many film festivals, especially in the USA, Germany, France, India, Nepal, Canada, and Colombia. Sohel is the director and chief organizer of Mostra de Cinema sul Asiatico, Lisbon, Portugal.

Presented by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

Co-sponsored by the Global Justice Program; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Departments of Global Studies,
Political Science, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Cinema Studies, Geography, Sociology; the Global Studies Institute; 
the Asian Studies Program; and the School of Public Policy and Management