Writer and filmmaker Kenny Basumatary’s short film ‘Myna and Asterix’, based on the influence of materialism on children, has bagged the second prize at the prestigious Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2015. The film won an award in the live action short film category at the festival held recently.
Produced by EduMedia and part of its School Cinema Project, the film is an initiative aimed at propagating the art of making films and infusing moral values among children across several schools in India.
The film traces the life of schoolgirl Myna, whose desire for an Xbox 360, a gaming console, sets her in pursuit of cash.
Basumatary, who authored a book ‘Chocolate Guitar Momos’ a few years ago, shot to fame two years ago with his cult Assamese film ‘Local Kung Fu’. ‘Myna and Asterix’ is an English language film shot in a village in the state’s Udalguri district.
“It’s about a girl named Myna who desperately needs an Xbox. She sets out in search of money. In her journey, she realizes that money doesn’t come easily. The film basically teaches schoolchildren about the value of money and the difference between needs and wants,” said Basumatary.
The film’s cast comprises young Assamese actors. While it was shot in five days, post-production work took over five months.
“We are involved in making films that project social and moral values. This is an initiative involving many schools in the country. It is good that this film has got recognition. It will be shown at different festivals. It will compete at other venues as well,” said Neha Jain of EduMedia.