Northeast Cinema showcase at 44th IFFI at Goa

NEW DELHI – They’re finally taking note that there are competent and good film-makers in India’s northeast. It’s taken 44 years for the International Film Festival circuit to recognize this.

In what is likely to give a boost to films made in the region, the North East cinema would be in focus during the ensuing 44th International Film Festival of India in Goa. A package of 19 films from the region are to be screened.

Addressing a press conference, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tiwari said that a special package would explore the immense ethnic, traditional and cultural diversity in the eight States of North East.

Manipur’s legendary filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma’s Manipuri Pony will represent his state in the forthcoming Goa Film Festival to be held from November 20-30.

Besides Sharma’s film, the North East will be represented by Manju Borah’s Mising language film Ko:Yad and documentaries By Lane No. 2 by Utpal Datta and Resonance of Mother’s Melody by Dip Bhuyan, according to officials.

The Minister said that just four years after the release of the first Indian talkie, Assamese playwright, poet, writer and filmmaker Jyotiprasad Agarwalla, made his first film Joymoti in 1935.

“There may not be any remains of the first talkie, but this year at IFFI we will see some rare footage of this film,” disclosed the Information and Broadcasting Minister.

The North East section opens with Mizo film Khwalung Run by Mapui Chawngthu on November 22 and closes on November 27 with Assamese film Aideu by Arup Manna. The North East Focus is a especially curated section by award-winning critic Utpal Borpujari.

This year some of the renowned filmmakers like Aribam Syam Sharma, Jahnu Barua, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain, Yeshe Dorje Thongsi are scheduled to attend the festival.

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