A snapshot from the film Aei Maatite

Assamese film Aei Maatite, which deals with the subject of witch hunting, has been selected for screening at the ongoing Global Cinema Festival 2020, Sikkim.

The film will be screened on the closing day of the three-day festival, which began on February 28 in Gangtok.

The Global Cinema Festival 2020 is an initiative of Film Federation of India, in association with Sikkim Films Co-operative Society Limited, supported by the Government of Sikkim.

Expressing delight on selection of the film at an international film festival, eminent theatre personality and director of Aei Maatite, Sitanath Lahkar said: “It is a great news to receive for not only my film, but for entire Assamese film industry. It is even more heartening that the organisers selected a film which is completely based on a social problem of Assam. With screening of Aei Maatite at Global Cinema Festival, a larger section of people will be aware of the deadly menace called witch hunting.”

Aei Maatite talks about the witch hunting problem in Assam and how a section of people are using witchcraft for their own interest. The film has a very strong message against witch hunting, upholding the value of scientific temperament and human life. The movie is an adaptation of Lahkar’s famous stage play ‘Tamasaa’ on the burning problem of witch hunting.

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