A still from the film Iewduh (Image credit: Pradip Kurbah)

Khasi language film ‘Iewduh’ directed by Pradip Kurbah of Meghalaya along with two Hindi films where Assam’s Adil Hussain has acted will have the world premieres at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in first week of October.

The 24th edition of BIFF starts from October 3 and continues till October 12 in Busan, one of the largest cities of South Korea.

Iewduh is also known as Barabazar which is one of the oldest and largest traditional markets and trade centres in the whole of northeast, in Shillong.

The film narrates the daily lives of the people involved with the market and their co-existence with different religions and communities.

“For a Khasi film it’s indeed a massive platform and it was like a dream come true. I’m happy and hopeful,” Kurbah, winner of two national awards, told The News Mill. Iewduh is produced by Shankar Lall Goenka.

The film will be screened in the segment ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’. Kurbah said that he is hopeful that this kind of developments will bring a positive change towards the film culture in the region.

Kurbah’s first film ‘Ri: Homeland of Uncertainty’ made in 2013 won national award. His next film ‘Onaatah’ (2016) which also won the national award has been adapted in Marathi as ‘Mann Udhan Vaara’ recently.

Adil Hussain acted ‘Raahgir’ directed by Goutam Ghose and produced by Amit Agarwal and Vijay Jaipal’s ‘Nirvana Inn’, a psychological thriller will also be premiered at the festival.

From a retrospective on celebrated female filmmakers including the work of Deepa Mehta, to the latest from festival favourites like Gurvinder Singh and Alankrita Srivastava, this year boasts a total of 18 Indian films.

Talking about ‘Raahgir’ Adil said that it’s a tale of ‘humanity and empathy’. “Raahgir directed by none other than Gautam Ghose more than a dozen national award winner is premiering in BIFF,” he said.

Ghose, a veteran in the field earlier said that he was happy to know that the BIFF has invited their film for the world premiere in a statement.

“The film is a journey of ordinary people in cinematic time and space revealing the face of humanity. A travel of love and compassion,” Ghose said.

Nirvana Inn is about a boatman who deliberately overthrows his boat full of people to kill himself, but manages to survive alone. Later, Jogi becomes the manager of Nirvana Hotel at a resort in the Himalayas, and faces a family there.

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Abdul Gani is a Guwahati-based journalist