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Tinsukia eyes twin goals with film fest

Jorhat, March 28: An eight-day film festival organised by the Tinsukia district administration began at the district library auditorium today.

A seminar and a five-day workshop will be held as part of the festival under the umbrella of Tinsukia Knowledge Society. The aim of the festival is to attract youths to choose different aspects of cinematography as a career option. The festival has been named Orange Film Festival to market Mission Orange launched by the administration in December to augment orange production.

The yield per hectare of orange in Tinsukia is at present the highest in the country. The district aims to be the largest producer of the fruit in India.

Entry to the venue is free to encourage people to watch the package of movies. The festival has been inaugurated by Dibrugarh University vice-chancellor K.K. Deka with the screening of Jahnu Barua’s Bandhon.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Tinsukia deputy commissioner S.S. Meenakshi Sundaram, who is the chairman of the Tinsukia Knowledge Society, said it is for the first time a district administration is organising a film festival to target the next generation on considering various aspects of cinema as a career option.

He said film is a powerful medium of communication that cuts across caste, religion, political, linguistic and age barriers and conveys understanding and awareness.

“As much as it is a mode of entertainment, it is also a medium of knowledge transmission and moulds public opinion. In a globalised economy, knowledge is power and film is a powerful tool to control. The capacity of a nation or society to influence through non-violent means, especially through art and culture, is soft power — a force multiplier — and the film medium is also a part of it,” Sundaram said.

The festival will showcase several classic and contemporary Indian films through four sections: centenary film package, Assamese films, children’s films and contemporary Indian films.

Assamese films include Jyotiprasad Agarwalla’s Joymoti (1935), Suresh Chandra Goswami’s Runumi (1939), Brajen Barua’s Dr Bezbarua (1969), Padum Barua’s Ganga Silonir Pakhi, Bhabendra Nath Saikia’s Itihakh, Jahnu Barua’s Halodhiya Charaye Baodhan Khai and Sanjeev Hazarika’s Haladhar.

Centenary films include Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar (Hindi) that won the best film award in 1948 Cannes festival, Pramathesh Chandra Barua’s Mukti (Bengali, 1937), Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali (Bengali, 1955), Ritwik Gha-tak’s Meghe Dhaka Tara (Bengali, 1960) and Hemen Gupta’s Kabuliwalla (Hindi, 1961).

Children’s films include Harun Arun, (Gujarati), Foto, (Hindi), Mujhse Dosti Karoge? (Hindi), Malli (Tamil), Puttani Party (Kannada) and Gattu (Hindi).

Contemporary Indian films include Aribam Shyam Sharma’s Leipaklei, Gurvinder Singh’s Anhe Ghorhey da Daan, Moinak Biswas’s Sthaniya Sambaad and Elipathayyam by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

Sundaram said a five-day workshop on arts and aesthetics of filmmaking would also be held during the festival. Forty selected college students will take part and attend the academic discourses to be delivered by the faculties of The Film and Television Institute of India and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Calcutta.

A seminar on Globalisation of film scenario: Challenges and Opportunities for Local Cinema will be held tomorrow.


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