February 11, 2019

4th North East Film Festival Concluded in Pune

The fourth edition of the North East Film Festival, representing the  diversity and rich culture of the eight states, organized by the National Film Archives of India (NFAI), in association with Symbiosis and Ishanya Cultural and Educational Centre (SICEC) and the North East Community Organisation Pune (NECOP), successfully concluded in Pune, recently. 

Titled ‘Fragrances from the North East’, the festival which took place from February 1 to 3, served as a unique window to the films, food, culture and handicrafts diversity of North East and enabled the cultural amalgamation of the region with the rest of the country.

Screenings were held at the NFAI Phase ll, located in Kothrud, and the ELTIS Symbiosis (English Language Teaching Institute of Symbiosis) in the Model Colony.

The festival featured a selection of fifteen films in seven languages, of which two are  bilingual – one in Sylheti Bengali-Assamese and the other in Assamese-Manipuri. Dominic Megam Sangma’s enchanting Garo-language film ‘Ma.Ama’ was the opening film, while Rima Das’ Assamese film ‘Village Rockstars’, which was India’s official entry to Oscars 2019, was the festival’s closing film.

Amongst the invited guests of the film festival were filmmakers Dominic Sangma, Roopa Barua, Monjul Baruah, Bobby Wahengbam, among others.

Roopa Barua’s engaging documentary ‘Daughters of Polo God’ - a tribute to the women polo players of Manipur, the birthplace of modern polo, and Monjul Baruah’s critically acclaimed movie ‘Kaaneen’, were also screened on the occasion.

The festival curated by Assamese filmmaker and critic Nilamoni Borua, screened movies like ‘Ima Sabitri’ (Manipuri), ‘Nunna Thar’ (Mizo), ‘Nabon’ (Khasi), ‘By-Lane 2’ (Assamese), ‘Nani Teri Morni’ (Nagamese), among others.

Besides film screenings, a major attraction was the food stalls featuring cuisine from all the eight states and the setting up of tourism initiatives, at the venue.

People were seen crowding into numerous food stalls from all the Northeastern States and attending to the various musical and dance performances by individuals and groups.

Prantik Deka