Manipuri film to open at NE cine fest

Manipuri feature film, Pallepfam, will open at the Fragrances from the Northeast, a three-day festival of cinema from the Northeast, at Siri Fort auditorium complex in New Delhi tomorrow.

By Khelen Thokchom in Imphal
  • Published 21.08.15
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A still from Pallepfam

Imphal, Aug. 20: Manipuri feature film, Pallepfam, will open at the Fragrances from the Northeast, a three-day festival of cinema from the Northeast, at Siri Fort auditorium complex in New Delhi tomorrow.

Released in 2014, Pallepfam (Destiny) is Wanglen Khundongbam's debut film as a director and producer, an official source in Delhi said.

The film depicts a man's quest for reality as he starts living two extremely different but parallel lives.

Union minister of state for information and broadcasting Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (retd) will inaugurate the festival tomorrow. Bimal Julka, secretary of information and broadcasting, and some of the leading film personalities from the region are expected to participate in the festival.

Giving an "absolute" northeastern experience to the cine-goers, the film screenings will be supplemented by cultural programmes, exhibitions of handicrafts and books, food stalls and much more during the festival, the source said.

This is the second time that the directorate of film festivals under the ministry of information and broadcasting is organising the Fragrances from the Northeast.

The screening will be preceded by three cultural shows by Hojagiri dance troupe from Tripura, dhol pung cholam dance from Manipur and Girish and Chronicles, a hard rock band from Sikkim.

The festival will also have special flavour of a retrospective of eminent filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma from Manipur.

Six of his films, including two feature films, India's first Grand Prix of Nantes winning film Imagi Ningthem (1981) and Ishanou (1990), the official selection of Cannes in 1991, and four non-feature films - Orchids of Manipur , The Deer on The Lake, Indigenous Games of Manipur and Yelhou Jagoi - will be screened in the retrospective section.

Apart from the retrospective the film, Ko:Yad by eminent filmmaker from Assam, Manju Borah, will be showcased.

While Tribeny Rai's films Yathawat and Last Rites from Sikkim will be presented, Kokborok film -Maithya - directed by Joseph Pulinthanath and Sherdukpen film Crossing Bridges by Sanga Dorjee Thongdok will give a glimpse of Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh respectively.

Several short films from Meghalaya - Karyukai and Rong Kuchak - directed by Dominic Sangma and from Nagaland The Honey Hunter and The Maker directed by Tiainla Jamir and Story of a House directed by Sesino Yhoshu and Sophy Lasuh will be presented.

The festival will be closed with the Hindi film Aisa Yeh Jahaan (2015) written and directed by Biswajeet Bora from Assam and produced by Maya Kholie from Arunachal Pradesh on August 23.