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‘Borderland Narratives’ concludes

‘Borderland Narratives’ concludes
An interactive session in progress during the event.
Dimapur, Mar 26 | Publish Date: 3/26/2019 12:54:19 PM IST

 ‘Borderland Narratives,’ the three-day festival of films from contemporary Northeast India, concluded here on Monday with a positive note that such Festival of Films provides a platform to the north-eastern filmmakers to showcase their diverse cultures and also to explore newer forms of expression.

Attending the closing ceremony of the Borderland Narratives, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha announced to make the festival as a calendar event for which he announced to provide rupees five lakh from the university and mobilise funds for its successful conduct. 

Calling for the preservation of the purity of language, he urged the student body of the RGU to conduct an open campus programme on language preservation that would further help the tribal communities to learn and speak their languages/dialects.

While giving away the awards to the filmmakers for short film competition, he asserted that making good films is more important than wining prizes adding that language should not be the barrier to express and the varsity will always welcome for the good things.

Meanwhile, in the short film competition, Ya:Yo (Grandmother) directed by Amalendu Kaushik from Assam was declared as the winner, while Badu: Lament of a Fleeting Soul by Toni Perme bagged the Special Jury Award. The winning film has received a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh while the Special Jury Awardee got Rs 25,000.

River Story by Yapangnaro Longkum, The Vanishing Roots: Apatani Language and Culture by Dulley Tamang, Sweet Lemon by Tanom Jerang, Pialral-Ah by Napoleon RZ Thanga, Vanishing Roots by Tage Apa were the other films nominated for the Short Film competition category. On the last segment of the festival, the screening of Chori directed by Tribeny Rai and III Smoking Barrels directed by Sanjib Dey was held.

The second day of the Borderland Narratives, a Festival of Films from Contemporary Northeast India saw a decent turnout of film enthusiastic geeks from all walks of life who thronged the mini stadium at RGU campus on Sunday.

Appreciating the content of the film screened on the first day titled ‘Nana’ directed by Tiakumzuk Aier, another film enthusiast expressed that the film holds close relevance in context of Arunachal Pradesh. Since the State’s Assembly and Lok-Sabha Election is just around the corner, the film can be screened at every polling station for wider awareness.

Films including Songs of the Mist by Kivini Shohe (Nagaland), Haja by Emang Debbarma (Tripura), Ma Ama by Dominic Sangma (Meghalaya), Mighty Brahmaputra by Bappa Ray Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Dhokbu by Dawa Lepcha (Sikkim), Sulhnu by K C Zoherliana (Mizoram) and Orunasol Man by Nyago Ete were screened on the second day of the festival.

Meanwhile, in a run to promote local entrepreneurship, the women scholars of the university arranged a food court that served local cuisines which turned out to be an instant hit. 

The festival featured 19 filmmakers representing the eight Northeast states. The filmmakers showcased their films and participated in interactions with the audience. 

The festival of film was organized by the AITS in collaboration with the IGNCA’s NE regional centre, with the CCRD, the Mishmi Takin Centre for Endangered Languages and the RGU’s mass communication department as the festival’s partners.

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