November 9, 2017

‘Pahuna’ to be Screened at India Kaleidoscope Film Festival

Organized by The India Center Foundation (ICF) and Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI), the second annual India Kaleidoscope Film Festival (IKFF), will be held from November 9th to November 12th, 2017.  India Kaleidoscope is a new festival that will present film lovers with a chance to immerse themselves in the unique sights and sounds that make up the Indian regional, independent film landscape.

Eight feature films will be screened at the festival, seven of which will be US or North American premieres. It is interesting to note that the major chunk of the programming line-up feature films directed by women filmmakers. The opening night film is Drishyam Films’ Kadvi Hawa directed by Nila Madhab Panda. Other highlights include the US Premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Mukkabaaz’, and ‘Pahuna’, a film produced by Priyanka Chopra.

Directed by Paakhi Tyrewala, ‘Pahuna’ is about three young Nepalese children who are separated from their parents as they flee into Sikkim. In a new land, they survive only on the kindness of the hill people and their resolve to protect each other.

Speaking about the film, Priyanka said "This (north-east) is a part of India which does not get seen too much, does not get too many people coming and visiting. But it is a little piece of heaven.. the stories, these kids and the perspectives that you saw when it comes to conversions, when it comes to religion, when it comes to kids being replaced and not knowing their parents and where they are is such a special and important story and I think Paakhi told it very well.

Touted to be India's first film in Sikkimese language, ‘Pahuna’ opens with insurgent violence forcing people in a Nepalese village to flee to Sikkim. ‘Pahuna’ also marks the first feature film of Paakhi after her short film ‘Kajaal’.

In an effort to expand IKFF to wider audiences, the closing night screening will be held at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Theater in Manhattan.

Prantik Deka