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Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival awards announced

Rakesh Moirangthem from Manipur won the first prize for his movie Pe (The Umbrella), with Rs 1 lakh

By Abdul Gani in Guwahati
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Guests at the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos

The four-day 7th Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF) came to an end with the screening of T for Tajmahal, directed by Kireet Khurana at the ITA Cultural centre here on Sunday.

T For Tajmahal is a young man’s journey to bring literacy to his village through a unique social enterprise. Instead of paying for food, the customers need to teach the village children.

The results of the BVFF Short Film Contest, 2019, were also declared.

Rakesh Moirangthem from Manipur won the first prize for his movie Pe (The Umbrella), with Rs 1 lakh.

Buddhadeb Barman was the 1st runner-up for his movie Lachhka Dangir Katha and he received Rs 70,000. The second runner-up was Maharshi Tuhin Kashyap for Kaan Phus Phusot Phus Phusoni (Poetry of Whispers), and Rs 50,000.

The fourth day started with the screening of Priya Thuvassery’s documentary Coral Woman, that is both a profile of Uma Mani and her efforts to address the threat to coral reefs from bleaching, pollution and global warming. Born in a traditional family in Tamil Nadu, 53-year-old Uma, a homemaker, has been trying to bring attention to this alarming environmental issue through her paintings.

The film, Jacqueline I Am Coming, directed by Banty Dubey, was screened. It deals with a 40-year-old unmarried Hindu man, Kashi Tiwary, who finds love in a church. Jacqueline, however, has a history of mental issues and is admitted to an asylum. But Kashi, who loves her immensely, hatches a plan.

A panel discussion also took place with Karan Oberoi, Bidita Bag and Prabal Baruah, moderated by Karma Paljor, on Nurturing Talent from Northeast India.

It was followed by the screening of Picasso, directed by Abhijeet Mohan Warang. The film is about fathers and sons, hope and dreams, of life imitating art, and how art can heal lives.