A good news for Assamese film industry. “Chaak-Soni” (cuckoo), a documentary film by young Assamese film maker Jaicheng Jai Dohutia has been selected for two international festivals – Viewster online film festival (VOFF) of Switzerland and Fic Puebla Festival Internacional De Cine-2014, Mexico. Earlier “Chaak-Soni” was screened at Indian Cine Film Festival-14’ (ICFF) in Mumbai.
The 38 minute length documentary “Chaak-Soni” is about a festival called “Raati Bihu” which is observed by an indigenous tribal group called Moran in India’s north-eastern state Assam & Arunachal Pradesh. The festival of Moran Bihu starts in the Indian month of Bohag (beginning of spring seasons). And in between the Raati Bihu is the important part of this festival. This is not mere a festival of dance and songs but it reflects the characteristics of the tribe which is at the verge of extinction in the 21st century. The festival portrays the connection of the community with the nature besides their culture, language and religion. It also narrates the history and the struggles of new generation.
“Chaak-Soni” is produced and directed by Jaicheng Jai Dohutia. Earlier another documentary ‘Untitled’ (Onamangkito) of Jaicheng Jai Dohutia won ‘Special Festival Mention Jury’ award at the Indian Cine Film Festival-14’ (ICFF). Executive producer is Dilip Moran, Screenplay is by Naba Kumar Moran and Biplob Moran.