Feature film on witch hunting, Aei Maatite, was screened across Golaghat district to spread awareness against superstitious practices.
The Numaligarh Refinery tied up with NRL Sahitya Sabha and Angeekar Films to showcase the film in the interiors of the district.
Under this initiative, the film was screened across Golaghat with active support from leading public sector undertaking Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL). NRL joined hands with Numaligarh Refinery Sahitya Sabha branch to organise special shows of the Assamese feature film from June 5-9.
“In many of the places, where the film was screened, there were no electricity connection at all and the show was conducted with generator sets,” said a statement by Angeekar Films.
Aei Maatite is one of the first Assamese feature film on the witch hunting issue. Aei Maatite, the debut feature film of eminent theatre personality Sitanath Lahkar, mainly 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.
During the five-day campaign, special shows of Aei Maatite were organised at Mahuramukh, Bahikhowa village (Bokakhat), Betoni village (Sarupathar), Furkating and Numaligarh.
The drive to aware people against superstition touched nearly 10,000 people. Watching the film, many villagers came to the organisers and demanded more such screenings of Aei Maatite in other interior places, where such deadly practices are still going on.
Speaking on the special shows director Sitanath Lahkar said: “As the film is based on witch hunting issue, which is affecting people in rural areas and smaller towns, we were particularly interested to take the film to as many places as we can. It is really encouraging to see that a big corporate entity like Numaligarh Refinery has come forward to screen the film in some remote parts of our state with the sole motive to aware people against superstition and create scientific temperament in the society. This expresses the social commitment of the company. NRL Sahitya Sabha branch deserves high appreciation for implementing the project. We wish that more such corporate houses will come forward in coming days that is surely going to make a difference on the ground.”