Jorhat, Oct. 5: The fifth edition of the International Assam Film Festival to be held here in the last week of December will screen a surfeit of regional films from all over the country to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema.
The festival will also host a documentary section, while the Continental section will showcase movies from Scandinavian and Latin American countries.
Jayanta Madhav Dutta, director of Assam Film Society, told reporters today that regional movies showcase the variety and richness of movies produced in the country.
“A day has been set aside to show Assamese movies with a focus on one of our greatest filmmakers Bhabendranath Saikia. In this regard we are in contact with the Bhabendranath Saikia Foundation,” he said.
Dutta said documentaries on different topics would be shown since “documentaries were a part of filmmaking usually ignored by the people”.
He said Mridula Baruah has been selected for the second Nilima Das award instituted by the society last year. The award is named after Das, who acted in the third Assamese movie Manamati. “Last year, the award went to Biju Phukan and this year Mridula Baruah who has acted in around 60 Assamese movies will be given the award during the inaugural function of the festival.”
“Baruah shot to fame after acting in movies like Shiva Prasad Thakur’s Buari and N. Baruah’s Kokadeuta, Nati Aru Hati. In Itihax, Abarton and Gun Gun Gaane Gaane, she has essayed memorable roles and we are proud to announce her as the recipient of this year’s award,” Dutta said.
Pranjal Bora, artistic director of the society, said they would soon get to know through the Federation of Film Societies in India which Continental movies would be shown at the festival.
“These small budget movies made in Poland, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries have a lot of finesse in direction, cinematography and other spheres and sometimes create a deep impact on the audience. We hope to get a couple of award-winning movies in the package which will be finalised by the federation,” he said.
He said Jyoti Prasad Agarwala’s Joymati, which had been shown in 2007, would be screened again this time on popular demand.
“Joymati made in 1935, can be said to be the first movie in India which has a female protagonist. At a time when other movies were drawing their themes from mythology and other subjects with a male actor usually in the lead, our first movie had a female lead. The 59-minute movie has never got acknowledgement it is due,” Bora said.
A reception committee for the event has been constituted with Bolin Khargharia as president and Gopal Das as working president.