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- Film on rag-pickers picks up special mention at FTII meet

Their smiles survive despite the scavenging.

Qurban, a documentary made on child rag-pickers by two alumni of St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, won special mention at the 1st National Students’ Film Awards and Students’ Film Festival of India (NSFA & SFF) that ended at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, on Wednesday.

Ajay K. Oraon and Amna Rafat Jahan of mass communications, 2009-12 batch, who had made the documentary as part of their final year assignment, bagged the honour in the non-feature section.

Ajay received the award from Saeed Mirza, FTII chairman, and Gurvinder Singh, a national award-winning filmmaker from Punjab, in the presence of legendary actor Shabana Azmi.

“I came alone as my classmate and co-director Amna is now living abroad,” Ajay said over phone from Pune.

Their 25-minute documentary narrates the story of two rag-pickers of Ranchi who despite all difficulties, keep their innocence alive and never give up hopes for a better life.

“It also speaks about child labour and its impact on the society,” Ajay, now planning to pursue a course in cinematography, said.

Ranchi-based national award winning film-maker Meghnath, who also invited to attend the festival as a mentor, said: “I congratulate the young duo for making their presence felt.”

Ajay and Amna had to compete with students of 45 institutes, including the FTII.