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Assamese Documentary film in Mumbai Intl fest

by Raju Vernekar
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Assamese film maker Joor Baruah’s documentary film “Voice of Siang” has been selected
for screening at the Mumbai International Film festival 2020, organized by Films Division. MIFF is the oldest and largest festival for documentary films in South Asia.
This year’s showcase will include a special section on Satyajit Ray and select film from North East. The festival will be inaugurated on 28 January, 2020 at Nehru Centre auditorium, Wprli and will conclude with award ceremony on 3 February 2020. Voice of Siang will be screened on 2 February at 2.30 PM.
The documentary of Voice of Siang is about the indigenous Adi people in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Their culture is unique with mythological chants and animistic rituals around nature. With memories of 1962 Indo-China war still fresh, China continues to reasserts its territorial claim of Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the Adis. The elegant Siang that originates in Tibet, and flows down through the Adi villages..is now new battle ground for power. A series of encounters with the Adis, near the old town of Pasighat, this tale portays their inspiring resilience and hope.
This 57 minute feature-length documentary film was commissioned to Joor Baruah as part of a prestigious fellowship by Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Prasar Bharati and Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
In the meanwhile some of the films that will be screened in the festival include: International competition-29 January 10.30 AM to 11.30 AM—”Karbala Memoirs”/Dir : Sourav/40 Min./Bengali/Documentary/India/2019, 11.45 AM to 30 PM-”And What is the Summer Saying”/Dir : Payal Kapadia/20 Min./Marathi/Documentary/India/2018, “Swimming Through The Darkness”/Dir : Supriyo Sen/76 Min./Bengali/Documentary/India/2018, 2.30 PM to 4 PM: MIFF Prism-”A Dying Wish”/Dir : Shubhra Dixit/14 Min./English/Documentary/India/2019, “Wings of Desire”/Dir : Pratibha Kaur Pasricha/59 Min./English/Documentary/India/2018,
International competition: 4.15 PM to 6.15 PM-”Shot Awake: The Making of Changlangshu’s “New Llogdrum”/Dir:Anungala Zoe Longkumer/26, in English/ Konyak/Documentary/India/2018, “Blue Breath/Dir : Rodrigo Areias/78 Min./Portugal/Documentary/Portugal/2019. Country Focus: 6.30 PM to 8.00 PM: Atlantic/Dir : Risteard O’Domhnaill/80 Min./English/Documentary/Ireland/2016.
Other films in international competition include: “Seconds Divorce”-Canada-54 minutes-Documentary-Director-Shazia Javed, “A Brave Bunch -Uprising through children’s eyes”.Poland-29 minutes, Documentary-Tomasz Stankiewicz, “Abdul and Jose”-Australia, 52 minutes,Documentary, Luigi Acquisto & Lurdes Pires, “Atul”, India, 52 minutes, Documentary, Kamal Swaroop, “Born Together”, Bangladesh,, 72 minutes, Documentary, Shabnam Ferdousi, and “Brother Jakob, Are You Sleeping”, Austria, 86 minutes, Documentary, Stefan Bohum.
“Campus Rising”, India,74,Documentary, Yousuf Saeed, “Charlie vs Goliath”, USA, 80 minutes, Documentary, Reed Lindsay, “Earth Crusader”, India, 55 minutes, Documentary, Shabnam Sukhdev,”Grandfather”, India, 22 minutes, Short fiction, Amar Kaushik, “
I am Bonnie”, India, 45 minutes, Documentary, Satarpura Santra, Farha Khatum, “
Ice”, France/Estonia, 15 minutes, Short Fiction, Anna Hints,”My Secret Forest”, Finland, 56 minutes, Documentary, Niina Brandt,”My Turn”, South Korea, 15 minutes, Short Fiction, Nakyung Kim, “Rice”, UK, 35 minutes, Documentary, David Blamey and “Salam”, USA, 75 minutes, Documentary, Anand Kamalakar.
“That Gutsy Morning”, India, 22 minutes, short fiction, Jahnu Barua, “The Cinema Travellers”, India, 96 minutes, Documentary, Shirley Abraham &Amit Madheshiya, “Velvet Revolution”, India, 56 minutes, Documentary, Nupur Basu,and “Wabi Sabi”,”Surabhi Family”, France, 52 minutes, Documentary, Neeta Jain Duhaut, “The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe”, Australia, 84 minutes, Documentary, Ros Horin, “The Dispossessed”, Canada, 183 minutes, Documentary, Mathieu Roy,”The Egg”, Israel, 19 minutes, short fiction, Nadav Direktor, “The Poetics of Fragility”, USA, 64 minutes, Documentary, Nicolas Grandi and Lata Mani, Singapore, 25 minutes, Short fiction, Anshul Tiwari,
Some of the 43 documentaries selected in national competition are: “1984, When the Sun Didn’t Rise”, 57 minutes (Documentary up to 60 minutes), Director- Teena Kaur, “Aaki”, 14 minutes, short fiction film, Harshwardhan Bhalerao, “Ask The Sexpert, 83 minutes (Documentary above 60 minutes, Vaishali Sinha, “Beloved”, 18 minutes, short fiction, Ranjan Chandel, “Catharsis”, 34 minutes, short fiction, Indira P, “Chasing Tails”, 49 minutes, Documentary (up to 60 minutes), Tangella Madhavi, “Comeback WOOL E, 10 minutes, animation film, Sumanta Ghosh, “Conversation” 22 minutes, short fiction, Harshal Wadkar, “Duality”, 15 minutes, short fiction, Vishal Vasant Ahire, “For Susan”, 25, Documentary (up to 60 minutes) Arunima Tenzin Tara, “I am Jeeja”, 28 minutes, Documentary (up to 60 minutes)-Swati Chakraborty and “Ima Sabitri, 57 minutes, Documentary (up to 60 minutes)- Bobo Khuraijam.

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