A still from Dau Huduni Methai
Guwahati, Nov. 11: Three films from the Northeast have been selected for the 11-day 46th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which will be held in Goa from November 20.
The IFFI, the biggest film festival in the country, has been instrumental in promoting world-class films to a wide spectrum of national and international audience. A platform for national filmmakers from all regions and languages, it has brought a cinematic evolution in India showcasing cinemas of all genres, bringing together the diversity of content, concept and audience.
Of the three films, two - Dau Huduni Methai and The Head Hunter - have been selected for the feature film category while Every Time You Tell A Story has been selected in the non-feature film category.
Dau Huduni Methai, directed by Manju Borah in Bodo language, is a story of the sufferings of innocent Bodo villagers because of militancy and violence. The film recounts the effects of insurgency and counter-insurgency on common folks through the perspective of a young rape victim.
The Head Hunter, a film in English, Ao and Nagamese, is directed by Nilanjan Datta. The film is about an encounter with one's own past and how it tries to create a single world order.
On the other hand, Every Time You Tell A Story, a film in English and Nagamese directed by Ruchika Negi and Amit Mahanti, traces the evolution of the Tsungkotepsu shawl that typically adorn the shoulders of men from the Ao Naga community of Nagaland.
A special retrospective will be held on Aribam Syam Sharma, an eminent film director, actor and music composer from Manipur who is also a recipient of 15 national awards. Fourteen of his films will be screened. Another section will showcase the work of new generation filmmakers from the Northeast.
Borah thanked the producer of Dau Huduni Methai, Shankar Lall Goenka, for coming forward to make a film in Bodo language. "I want to thank Goenka for producing the film without thinking of profit or loss. It is only because of his desire to make good films that he has been investing money in filmmaking," she said.
Borah has several acclaimed Assamese films in her kitty. "All artistes of Dau Huduni Methai were non-artistes. They faced the camera for the first time . Working with them was fun," she said.
The film had premiered at Montreal World Film Festival (Canada) and then screened at Jagran Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival and All Lights India International Film Festival.
It will also be screened at the 20th International Film Festival of Kerala next month.