In a very rare honour, the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Goa will be putting up a retrospective of eight films of acclaimed Assamese film maker Jahnu Barua. Incidentally, the Northeast will be in focus during the festival with the screening of women-centric movies from the eight states apart from Jahnu Barua’s retrospective. The film festival will be held from 20 to 30th November 2014.
This is for the first time that any film maker from the North East India has been given such recognition. The eight films which are to be shown as a separate section in IFFI are Aparoopa, Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (The Catastrophe), Banani (Forest), Firingoti (Spark), Sagoroloi Bohu Door (It’s a Long Way to the Sea), Konikar Ramdhenu (Ride on the Rainbow), Baandhon (Waves of Silence) and Ajeyo (Invincible). A thirteen time National Award winner, Jahnu Barua’s film Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (The Catastrophe), a landmark in Indian Cinema, won the National Award for the Best Film (Golden Lotus) in 1988 and several international recognitions including the Silver Leopard and World Ecumenical Award at the Locarno International Film Festival, Best Film at Amien International Film Festival, and Best of Asia at Tokyo International Film Festival.