Making documentary films focusing on social issues a must: Manju Borah

Assam filmmaker Manju Borah stressed on the need to make good documentary films focusing on the social issues faced by the people in the Northeast.

Participating in a felicitation programme organized by NPS International School, Guwahati in the Guwahati Press Club on May 10, the ace filmmaker appreciated the efforts of the students while they work on various documentary projects. “Documentary filmmaking is really a tough job. I really appreciate the efforts of the students of NPS International School to make documentary films apart from their regular studies,” Manju Borah said.

The filmmaker felicitated the students who were involved in the making of ‘Hope’, a documentary film made by the students of the school.

Documentary films prepared by the students of NPS International School earned laurels in both national and international platforms over the years. This year, two documentaries – ‘Hope’ and ‘Pariskar Assam’ – made by the students, were appreciated by the audience.

‘Hope’ is a story on how the school managed to bring smile to two differently-abled students, Amit and Madhurjya, and their family members as both of them cleared their higher secondary examinations in 2016 with flying colours. Amit secured 93.2 % marks in humanities while Madhurjya successfully cleared the JEE-Mains examination.

Apart from earning laurels in various platforms (students categories), both in national and international level film festivals, ‘Hope’ has brought glory to the entire Northeast.

Celebrating excellence in cinema, India’s most prestigious annual 7th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-2017 recognized the enlightening, entertaining and progressive cinema-works of the students of NPS International School. ‘Hope’ won the best documentary (students section) award at the festival.

The documentary also won the coveted award of recognition in documentary short (students section) in the IndieFEST Film Awards, California, US, 2017.

Director of the film, Aakaansha Das, expressed satisfaction over the success of the film. “We are really happy that ‘Hope’ has earned laurels in both national and international platforms. We are very much optimistic that ‘Hope’ will definitely do well in various international film festivals in the days to come,” she said.

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