Cine Club celebrates 50 golden years

In 1965, some enthusiast film buffs set up the Northeast's first cine club - Gauhati Cine Club. Over the years, the club has screened numerous films from across the globe and created an environment to discuss quality films.

By RAJIV KONWAR in Guwahati
  • Published 24.04.15
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A poster of The Cranes are Flying

Guwahati, April 23: In 1965, some enthusiast film buffs set up the Northeast's first cine club - Gauhati Cine Club. Over the years, the club has screened numerous films from across the globe and created an environment to discuss quality films.

On April 27, the club will turn 50. Its members have decided to celebrate the golden jubilee with a yearlong programme during which they will set up cine clubs in colleges and universities and conduct film-appreciation courses among other activities.

Personalities like singer Bhupen Hazarika and writer Nirod Choudhury were some of the founder members of the club.

The members have planned a three-day inaugural programme of the yearlong celebration, starting with flag hoisting on April 26 morning on the District Library campus in Guwahati. They have invited former president of Federation of Film Societies of India (FSI) and a leading worker of cine society movements, H.N. Narahari Rao, and general secretary of FSI, Premendra Mazumdar, to attend the inaugural programme.

Rao will highlight the history of cinema and film society movement in the country on the second day. "To make the event nostalgic we have planned a programme - Down Memory Line - where our members will look back at the glorious journey of the club, its functioning and contributions to the society," said president of the club A.K. Absar Hazarika.

"We will screen Mikhail Kalatozov directed Russian film - The Cranes are Flying -which was part of the first film package screened by the club," said Hazarika.

The club will screen Khyentse Norbu directed film from Bhutan Travellers and Magicians on April 27 and Glauber Rocha directed film from Brazil Barravento on April 28 and Vittorio De Sica directed film from Italy After the Fox on April 28.

"During the yearlong celebration, we will screen films across the state in associations with clubs of different towns and district headquarters. We will set up at least 50 cine clubs in colleges and universities, conduct a short-term film appreciation course, organise competition on script writing and short filmmaking and hold cinema-related quiz programme," said secretary of the club, Madhurima Barua Sen.

The members of the club have also decided to publish books capturing the 50-year-journey of the club and chronology of cinema made in Assam so far.

Although the club is going to enter 50 years, it does not have a building of its own. The members said they have been requesting Dispur to allot them a plot land to set up a permanent building for the club.

"We have even identified the plot of land in the city. Once we get land we will be able to develop other infrastructure like setting up a theatre to screen films and an archive," said Sen.