Winner of the prestigious Rajat Kamal for Best Bodo Film at 63rd National Awards, ‘Dau Huduni Methai’ has hit theatres on December 30 across Assam. Directed by Seven-time National Award winning director Manju Borah, ‘Dau Huduni Methai’ (Song Of The Horned Owl) is about the suffering of innocent Bodo villagers due to rampant militancy and violence.
The film recounts the effects of insurgency and counterinsurgency on common folk through the perspective of Raimali, a young rape victim. As she lies in an abandoned house, she recalls how separatist violence marred her life, that of her lover and their families, contrasting its intrusive nature with indigenous folklore and the immutability of the Assamese landscape.
‘Dau Huduni Methai’ is the first Bodo film to have its mainstream theatrical release across Assam. In addition to winning the Best Camera award at the 4th Afghanistan International Women’s Film Festival, and receiving official selections to IFFI, Indian Panorama, 2015, and Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2015, the film also became the first Bodo film to have its World Premiere at the World Film Festival 2015, Montreal.