Bangladesh helmer Masud dies at 54

Fipresci prize winner killed in road accident

LONDON — Bangladeshi director Tareque Masud, 54, and ATN News CEO Ashfaque Munier, 52, known as Mishuk Munier, died Saturday in a car crash near Dhaka.

Masud’s wife, Catherine — a producer, writer and editor — was seriously injured in the accident, which killed three other people.

The group were thought to be scouting locations for Masud’s next project, “Kagojer phul” (The Paper Flower), when their vehicle was in collision with a passenger bus in heavy rain.

Both men were listed as witnesses at the war crimes tribunal probing genocide and other atrocities committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War in the early 1970s.

Masud’s first feature documentary, 1995’s “Muktir gaan” (Song of Freedom), was about a group of musicians during the war.

His fiction feature debut, “Matir moina” (The Clay Bird), looked at events leading up to Bangladesh’s independence in 1971. It won the Fipresci prize at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight in 2002.

Munier, one of the pioneers of broadcast journalism in Bangladesh, had recently moved back to the country with his family from Canada where he was operations manager of realnews.com, a daily video news and documentary service. He joined ATN News in November.

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