PV Desk : Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said a good film could play a vital role in maintaining peace in the society as well as protecting the humanity.

“Films can keep the youth away from drugs, militancy and terrorism. A good film could play a vital role in exploring the intellect and conscience side by side with building the state, the nation and the society,” he said while addressing a two-day ‘Peace Film Festival’ at the Public Library here.

FILMS4PEACE Foundation organized the first ever peace film festival in Bangladesh, where some 20 films of young filmmakers will be screened.

Former teacher of International Relations Department of Dhaka University Professor Dr CR Abrar, Festival Director Rokeya Prachy, Manusher Jonnyo Foundation Chief Executive Shaheen Anam, eminent film director Kawsar Chowdhury and Foundation Executive Director Pervez Siddique, among others, addressed the inaugural function.

Dr Hasan said there is no alternative to films to explore the humanity and for peace to move the society ahead. “Tolerance and consciousness are needed to stop rumors in the society like child kidnapping for Padma river,” he added.