Bobby Sarma Baruah-directed Tiwa language film ‘Sikaisal’ (Only if Trees Could Speak) has won Special Jury Mention Award at the recently-concluded 28th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).
‘Sikaisal’ won the honour in the competition on Indian languages films.
The 103-minute film deals with Maheshwar Patar based in Ulukunchi in West Karbi Anglong. It is the story of Maheshwar who braves all the odds to educate the people of his locality irrespective of gender, age and all boundaries.
“It’s a huge honour for us. The film is so close to my heart,” Bobby Sarma Baruah told The News Mill.
“I want to dedicate this award to my entire team, without whom this film wouldn’t have been possible.”
The story of ‘Sikaisal’ is inspired by true events.
“My research work took me to Ulukunchi where I experienced the struggle of children to get education. They need to walk miles to reach schools. The film intends to focus at the need for education, a medium to ignite minds. It’s about my protagonist Maheshwar Patar who leads to spread the light of knowledge,” said director Bobby Sarma Baruah.
The story, script, screenplay, music, casting, makeup, production design and costume are done by Bobby herself. She also produced the film. The co-producers are Basanta Kumar Baruah, Ratul Deka and Sulakhyana Baruah.
Apart from Maheshwar Patar, Sadhani Amsi, Atul Pasoni, Kelmon Madar, Talbor Amsong, Indrasing Madar and Paniram Amsong have acted in the film. Except Atul Pasoni, all the actors are facing the camera for the first time.
Another short film ‘Xunyota‘ (Void) directed by Nabapan Deka also received Special Jury Mention Award in the competition on Indian short films.
KIFF concluded on December 22.