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FILM FEST "The Fresh Lense: New Cinematic Voices from Northeast India" at Main Building, India International Centre (IIC), Lodhi Estate > 18th & 19th August 2017

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Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served Basis)
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Venue : C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, Main Building, India International Centre (IIC), 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003
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Event Description : 
FILM FEST "The Fresh Lense: New Cinematic Voices from Northeast India" 

Far away from the glamour world of big budget Hindi cinema – and consequently the gaze of the usual film goer in the Indian heartland – filmmakers in Northeast India have, over the years, been consistently telling their stories in an artistic and grounded manner. This festival presents some significant voices among a new generation of filmmakers who following in the footsteps of veterans like Aribam Syam Sharma, Jahnu Barua and the late Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia, have made a mark at the international and national level. Organised in collaboration with North East Media Forum the festival includes award winning documentaries and features


Curator: Utpal Borpujari, filmmaker and film critic

Schedule : 

18th August : 

6:30 pm : 
Introduction
By Utpal Borpujari

Aaba (Grandfather; Arunachal Pradesh)
(22 min; 2017; dvd; English subtitles)
Director: Amar Kaushik

Recipient of the Special Prize of Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Short Film, 67th Berlin Film Festival; and Best Short Fiction Film, 64th National Film Awards 2016

Aaba is about a farmer (Dani Randa), who lives with his wife (Dani Chunya) and granddaughter (Sunku) in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh. He is diagnosed with lung cancer and has only a few days to live. He decides to dig his own grave, but an unexpected event pushes the story towards a startling climax

Followed by
Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the Lake; Manipur)
(71 min; 2016; dvd; English subtitles)
Director: Haobam Paban Kumar

Multiple award winner including Best Environment Film, 64th National Film Awards 2016; 26th G. Aravindan Puruskaram for the Best Debut Director, 2016; FIPRESCI India, Critics Award, 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival 2017; NETPAC Award (Asian Select), 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival 2016; among others

Haobam Paban Kumar’s debut feature film is based on the lives of people living on floating huts in Manipur’s Loktak Lake. Under the guise of protecting the serenity of the lake’s ecosystem, in 2011 the authorities had burnt the huts leaving thousands of fishermen homeless. The film is the story of one such fisherman, Tomba who accidentally comes across a gun hidden in the biomass. Possessing a gun transforms Tomba who becomes very assertive and begins to believe that it is the solution to all his problems. One day, a mysterious lady wanders in from the lake and knocks on his door in the middle of the night

19th August : 

11:00 am :  
Alifa (Assam)
(109 min; 2016; dvd; English subtitles)
Director: Deep Choudhury

Recipient of the Golden Lotus Award for Best Debut Film of a Director, 64th National Film Awards 2017; and Best Film Award, Ottawa Indian Film Festival, Canada

Ali, a daily wage earner living in the vicinity of a sprawling city, has to cope with uncertainty, hardship and abuse. He is at the mercy of a forest guard from being evicted from his family’s new-found habitat in a green hilly area overlooking the city. He finds solace in his hardworking, young wife and their two children. Alifa is a saga of human-wildlife conflict competing with basic questions of love, hatred, dreams and desires as well as the frailties of human nature and wider social bonding

AT 14:00
The Pangti Story (Nagaland)
(26 min; 2016; dvd; English subtitles)
Director: Sesino Yhoshu
Produced by Public Service Broadcasting Trust

Recipient of the Golden Beaver Award for Best Film, National Science Film Festival, Kolkata 2017

The film explores the transition of an entire village from one that slaughtered hundreds and thousands of Amur Falcons, the longest travelling raptors in the world, who fly from Siberia every fall to roost in Pangti, a small village in Nagaland, to becoming their most fervent conservationists

AT 14:45
Beautiful Lives (Assam)
(123 min; 2017; dvd; English subtitles)
Director: Kangkan Deka

Screened at Kolkata International Film Festival

Based on the 2008 bombings in Guwahati, the film portrays the undying spirit of one of the victims and his day-to-day struggle to survive

AT 17:00
Sabin Alun (The Broken Song; Assam)
(52 min; 2016; dvd; English subtitles)
Script & Direction: Altaf Mazid
Produced by Public Service Broadcasting Trust

Recipient of the Cinema Experimenta Award, John Abraham National Film Awards, Signs, Kerala 2016; Indian Panorama 2016

Sabin Alun examines the oral singing traditions of the Karbi tribe from Assam. One of the stories that has passed down the generations is a local version of the Ramayana epic, in which Sita is Sinta, the brothers are named Ram and Lokon, and the villain is Ravon. Sabin is the other name for Shurpanakha, whose nose is cut off by Laxman, forcing Ravana into taking revenge for her humiliation by abducting Sita. Rather than a straightforward information-led documentary that introduces us to the Karbi tradition and includes interviews with the community members, Mazid gets performers to sing and enact episodes from the epic. The documentary brilliantly captures with minimal resources the manner in which the Karbis have merged the themes of the Ramayana with their animistic tenets and agricultural lifestyle

AT 18:00
Antardrishti (Man with the Binoculars; Assam)
(100 min; 2016; HD; English subtitles)
Director: Rima Das

MAMI Mumbai Film Festival; and Black Nights Talinn Film Festival

Chaudhury, a geography teacher, living a quiet, retired life of patriarch watches over his family in rural Assam, India. His life starts turning upside down when his musician son, who has come for a visit gifts him a pair of Binoculars!

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