Tanvir Mokammel, film-maker and author of books from Bangladesh, studied English literature at Dhaka University and worked as a left-wing journalist, and later as an activist to organize the landless peasants in rural Bangladesh. Always a film enthusiast, Mr. Mokammel has made seven full-length feature films and fifteen documentaries and short films. Some of his films have received national and international awards. His feature films are “The River Named Modhumoti”, “Quiet Flows the River Chitra” ,“A Tree Without Roots”(LALSALU) ,“Lalon”, “The Sister” (RABEYA), “Jibondhuli” [The Drummer] and “Rupsa Nodir Banke” [Quiet Flows the River Rupsa]. Tanvir Mokammel’s prominent documentaries are; “The Unknown Bard”, “Teardrops of Karnaphuli”, “Riders to the Sunderbans”, “A Tale of the Jamuna River”, “The Garment Girls of Bangladesh”, “The Promised Land”, “Tajuddin Ahmad: An Unsung Hero”, “The Japanese Wife”, “Seemantorekha” [The Borderline], and mega-documentary “1971”.
A prolific writer, Tanvir Mokammel has written seventeen books so far which include novels, articles, poems and short stories. Tanvir Mokammel’s important books are “A Brief History of World Cinema”, “The Art of Cinema”, “Charlie Chaplin: Conquests by a Tramp”, “Bishadnodi”, a trilogy of three novels on the Bengal partition of 1947, “Syed Waliullah, Sisyphus and Quest of Tradition in Novel” (a literary criticism), “Behula Bangla and others Poems”, an anthology of poems, “Grundtvig and Folk Education”, a book on the alternative educational ideas, “Vromonkotha”, a travelogue and translation of Maxim Gorky’s play “The Lower Depths”.
Tanvir Mokammel has received national film awards for ten times in Bangladesh. For his contribution to cinema Tanvir Mokammel has received “Chalachitram Award” and the government of Bangladesh has awarded him the prestigious “Ekushe Padak” award.
Tanvir Mokammel is at present the director of Bangladesh Film Institute (BFI).