The mass communication and journalism students of Gauhati University are organizing a film festival, Jonaki, on November 29-30 at PD Hall and AT Hall of the university.
The festival is named after Assam’s first cinema hall Jonaki in Tezpur. The theme of the festival is ‘Inspiring the Roots’.
While speaking to The News Mill, chief coordinator of the film festival, Subrat Dutta, said, “The sole motive of the festival is to promote ethnic language films from Northeast among the students as well as provide a roadmap for aspiring filmmakers to make films on the region for its people. The festival runs along the lines of the students, by the students and for the students.”
Dutta, who is a student of the Communication and Journalism department, added that the objective of the festival is to encourage and celebrate film making which will inspire the youth. “The festival will also promote film culture among the students through the regional films. It will be a platform to create good audience with a good taste about films,” Dutta added.
The two-day festival will showcase 13 films from across Northeast India.
‘Kangba Lovejoy’, directed My Father’s Letter from Manipur, will be the opening film of the festival. Arunachal film ‘Crossing Bridges’ directed by Sange Dorjee Thongdok and Nagamese film ‘Nana-a Tale of us’ by Tiakumzuk Aier will also be screened during the two-day film festival.
Bodo language film ‘Silingkhar’ directed by Bhoda Kherkatary, Rabha film ‘Orang: Strangers in the Mist’ directed by Suraj Duwarah and Mishing film Li:Len (A Ray of Hope) by Narayan Seal will also be a part of the two-day festival.
The participants at the film festival will also be able to attend workshops on film making and script writing. Registrations for the festival are going on at the Department of Communication and Journalism of Gauhati University.
The department was started in the 1967 and is one of the first 10 university departments on journalism studies in the country. The department celebrated its Golden Jubilee year in 2017.