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Tareque Masud (Bangla: তারেক মাসুদ) is an award-winning Bangladeshi independent film director. He is known for directing the critically acclaimed films Muktir Gaan (1995) and Matir Moina (2002), for which he won a number of international awards, including the International Critics' Prize and FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.


Tareque Masud was born at Bhanga in Bangladesh. Masud mentions in his website and on many interviews about his childhood experience while studying in a madrasa. The Liberation War fought against Pakistanmarker disrupted his life as it did the lives of countless others. After the war, he pursued a general education and completed his postgraduate Masters degree from Dhaka Universitymarker on History.

His first acclaimed film was a documentary entitled Adam Surat (Inner Strength) on the Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan which he completed in 1989. His most famous film in early age of his career was a documentary entitled Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom, 1995) where camera follows a music troup in the time of Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The members of the troup sing songs for freedom fighters to inspire them. The film was made mainly based on the footage of American filmmaker Liar Levin which he got at the basement of Levin's house in New Yorkmarker. Along with his wife, Catherine Masud who is also the co-director of Masud and a prominent film editor, he runs a film production house based in Dhakamarker named Audiovision.

His first full-length feature film, Matir Moina (English release title "The Clay Bird") which debuted at the Cannes Film Festivalmarker, derives inspiration from his own childhood experiences. He won the International Critic's Award at the Cannes film Festival in 2002 for this film, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight for "its authentic, moving and delicate portrayal of a country struggling for its democratic rights." Matir Moina was received with critical praise and toured the international circuit. It was one of the first Bangladeshi films to be widely circulated and was greeted with enthusiasm for its realistic depiction of life without the melodrama that is prevalent in many other South Asian films.

His latest film Ontorjatra is a tale of two generations of Bangladeshi diaspora in London. The film describes the short visit of a divorced mother and her son to home. The next project of Tareque and Catherine Masud is Kagojer Phool (The Paper Flower) which deals with the incidents of the partition of the Indian subcontinent and the film may be called the prequel of Matir Moina.


  • Sonar Beri (The Chains of Gold), 1985
  • Adam Surat (The Inner Strength), 1989
  • Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom), 1995
  • Muktir Kotha (The Story of Freedom), 1996
  • Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), 2002
  • Ontarjatra (The Homeland), 2006
  • Kagojer Phool (The Paper Flower), Forthcoming
  • Noroshundor (The barber)



Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom)'
  • 1997 Film South Asia, Special Mention

Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)'


Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)'

Matir Moina was also the first Bangladeshi film to compete for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


  1. A web resource on Tareque Masud and his film Matir Moyna compiling many of his film reviews and interviews

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