Rich collection of Northeast India films at Guwahati International Film Festival

The third edition of the Guwahati International Film Festival will showcase some of the best films from Northeast India.

The seven-day festival, organized by the state government-owned Jyoti Chitraban in association with Dr Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute (DBHRGFTI), is being held at three auditoriums at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra and one at Jyoti Chitraban in Guwahati.

Festival Director Monita Borgohain said that they have chosen some of the best films from across the country and abroad, besides films from the Northeast region.

“Normally, we can watch films from different countries on various platforms, but we hardly get to watch our own films. So, this festival will provide a platform to watch the best contemporary films that are made in our region. There are some talented filmmakers in the region who have been doing excellent work. Let GIFF be a platform for them as well to reach out to the audience,” Borgohain told GIFF Today.

Among the films from the Northeast region to be screened at the third edition of Guwahati International Film Festival, there are Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) winners like ‘Bulbul Can Sing’ by Rima Das in Assamese, ‘In the Land of Poison Women’ in Pangchenpa dialect of Arunachal Pradesh by Manju Borah, ‘Ma’ama’ in Garo language by Dominic Sangma and ‘Mishing’ in Sherdukpan dialect again from Arunachal Pradesh by Bobby Sarma Baruah.

Apart from that, ‘Aamis’ by Bhaskar Hazarika, which recently won two awards at the 3rd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (SgSAIFF) will have its Assam premiere at the festival. ‘Jwlwi – The Seed’, a Bodo language film by Rajni Basumatary, who played Mary Kom’s mother in her biopic, will have its world premiere at the festival. Her film deals with the struggle of families who lost their near and dear ones when the insurgency was peak in Assam and the Northeast region.

“Besides, we are lucky to have Aribam Shyam Sharma’s latest film ‘Nongphadok Lakpa Atithi’ (The Guest) which will have its world premiere at the GIFF,” Borgohain added.

‘In the Land of Poison Women’ by Manju Borah is based in Arunachal Pradesh near the border of Tibet which is about a blind belief in the Pangchenpa community that women have poison in their nails and when they serve food to the males they die slowly or immediately.

Dominic Sangma’s debut feature film ‘Ma’ama’ narrates the story of Philip Sangma who is searching for his dead wife, Anna. Bobby Sarma Baruah’s ‘Mishing’ deals with the folklore among the Sherdukpen people.

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