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Ahmed T. Shams

Ahmed Tahsin Shams is an academic, author, and filmmaker. He has written and directed around 77 audiovisual productions until December 2023. Moreover, he has eight published scholarly papers, 19 books edited, translated, or authored, 20 book chapters or film reviews, six nonfiction proses, and five poetry anthologies. He has been featured in national newspapers and TV channels more than 100 times. At present, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences (Cinema Studies) at Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, USA.

So far, he has worked with more than 20 organizations since 2010, including the University of Notre Dame (USA), Notre Dame University Bangladesh, Uttaran Bangladesh (Projects with European Union), Films4Peace Foundation (Projects with USAID and Manusher Jonno Foundation), Finpower Leadership International, Weabers, Women in Leadership (WIL), Channel-i, Kathak-A Poetry Initiative, Bangladesh Post, The Daily Observer, Witness Bangladesh, Bangladesh Monitor, Blank Voices, Avant-garde Productions (Projects with UNDP), SA Television, ATN Bangla, Shams-E-Learning, Ars Poetica, Art Hut, Banglar Kebab, and Alif Laam Healthcare.

On December 8, 2023, he was awarded the “Hawkins Cinema and Media Studies Fellowship” for his meritorious academic contribution at Indiana University Bloomington. Last winter, 2023, he was awarded the best director and screenwriter award from more than 25 film festivals for his film Reflection (Original Title: Arshinagar, 2022, 54 minutes), which is available on Amazon Prime Video, along with A Tale of Night Flowers (2014, 127 minutes), which is also available on the same OTT platform (US and UK regions).

About Shams

Shams is a published academic author, editor, critic, translator and poet with 13+ years of experience.

Who has recently joined the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame as a Visiting Faculty from Bangladesh. His background is versatile in teaching. He started his career with journalism, and therefore with immense experience in writing, he focused on teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP); precisely, he is known for tutoring effective drills to develop academic and creative writing skills.



2021 – present

Visiting Scholar

University of Notre Dame

Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures Visiting Scholar

  • Teaching Academic Writing to International Graduate Students
  • Leading Workshops on Collaborative Teaching and Learning, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Conference and Networking, Editing Paper
  • Training Media Team for audio-visual communications

2016 – present

Asst. Professor, Department of English

Notre Dame University Bangladesh

Expertise Areas: Literature & Visual Media, Absurd Theatre, Translation Studies, Ecocriticism & Literature


2013 – 2015

M.A. in English Literature

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

2008 – 2012

B.A. in English

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

2006 – 2007

Higher Secondary Certificate (Science)

Notre Dame College, Bangladesh

What is cinema?

To me, cinema is a motion art with a particular purpose. Personally speaking, I prefer to define it from the perspective of the French avant-garde movement, where art is considered a social reformation or healing process to break taboos, challenge stereotypes and enlighten visions, awaken souls, tap the untapped portions in minds, to see the unseen and to hear the unheard.

Ahmed Tahsin Shams

interview with national daily newspaper “Kaler Kantho,” Sept 24, 2022

Some of the achievements

Shams received more than 30 awards and official screening honors from national and international film festivals including festivals in India, Bangladesh, Florida, Chicago, and California in the USA. 

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