Despite lack of resources, infrastructure and encouragement for Nagaland’s filmmakers, there is no dearth of talented ones emerging from the State. This manifested at the ‘Film, Northeast 2016’ Festival which was held at Itanagar with three filmmakers from Nagaland State honoured with two coveted awards in the competition segment. Noted filmmaker Kivini Shohe’s film ‘Oh My Soul’ won the best documentary film of the Northeast under the segment Our Stories. The film is directed by Shohe and produced by Film Division of India. It explores the oppressive struggle of three men having sex with men (MSM) in Dimapur. It is the first ever documentation of a community haunted by taboo and denial.
An award of Rs two lakh and trophy for the film were given away at the colourful awards ceremony held at IG Park on February 20 evening, the last day of the film festival.
In the short film section of the competition- Clapperboard, the film ‘Story of a House’ which was produced and directed by Sophy Lasuh and Sesino Yoshu won the Best Director award. The film tells the story of the residents of a house who live in India during the day and sleep in Myanmar at night and reveals why. The film walked away with a trophy.
Other films from Nagaland State that competed in different sections of the competition include ‘Anishe-Flower Maiden’ directed by Kivine Shohe, ‘The Wake Pp Call’ directed by Tiakumzuk Aier, ‘Handmade Arts and Crafts in the Misty Mountains’ directed by Razousituo Pusa and ‘Can you’ a short film directed by Bokavi Swu.
Among the many categories of competition, Jahnu Barua’s ‘Ajeyo’ won the Best feature film under the Chairoscuro segment with a cash award of Rs five lakh. The film was produced by Shankar Lall Goenka.
Meghalaya’s Pradip Kurbah directed film ‘Ri-Homeland of uncertainty’ won the best director, best editor, best actor and best actor in negative role awards.
The award of best film (shorts) under the Clabberboard segment with a cash prize of Rs two lakh and trophy went to Tribenny Rai from Sikkim for her film ‘Memory of a heart’. ‘Orong’, the film from Assam directed by Suraj Kumar Duwarah was awarded the best debut feature film with cash prize of Rs two lakh and trophy in the First cut segment. Parthajit Barua bagged the Best Director Award for his much acclaimed ‘Dhemaji Tragedy’ in the documentary section.
Film Northeast 2016 was organized by the Information and Public Relations Department of Arunachal Pradesh in partnership with the Film Federation of Arunachal with the theme ‘Saluting talent Nurturing passion’.
Around 84 films from the North East region were screened at the four day event. A number of workshops and discussion forums were also held during the festival.
Set to be a biennial event, the festival was conceptualized to create opportunity for filmmakers of the eight states in the North East of India to express their creativity, exchange ideas and indulge in artistic interaction, all the while working together to accelerate the growth of cinema in the region.
A four team member from Nagaland led by IPR assistant director Tialemba, filmmakers Kivini Shohe, Tiakumzuk and Anungla Longkumer participated in the 4-day film festival.