Ishani K Dutta’s The Thin Red Ribbon, Gautam Syiem’s Khoh ki Bo and Gurmeet Sapal’s Nagaland is changing but… are in the roll
The 3rd Woodpecker International Film Festival has selected seven films for its special segment on North East this year. Films which have been selected include Lotkan (directed by Jivikesh Mazumder), A River island tale (directed by Porag Jyoti Gogoi), The Devil inside me (directed by Raja Narzary), Sita (directed by Kangkan Deka), The Thin Red Ribbon (directed by Ishani K Dutta), Khoh ki Bo (directed by Gautam Syiem) and Nagaland is changing but…(directed by Gurmeet Sapal). The festival will be organised from September 17-20 at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi.
Known for its focus on issue-based cinema, the Woodpecker Film Festival and Forum promotes debate and discussion on critical social, ecological and development issues like environment and wildlife, health and sanitation, livelihoods, gender, children etc. This year the four-day festival will screen 68 documentaries and short films from 21 cities spread across 15 states. According to Founder Director of the festival, Narender Yadav, “It’s quite encouraging to see that every year we get wonderful stories of change and hope in the form of hundreds of documentaries and short films. Our festival’s vision is to showcase films that promote discussions, expand expectations, challenge attitudes and change lives. We are constantly experimenting to promote issue-based cinema globally and explore the power of storytelling through films to create a better world.”
Brief about films from North-East:
- Lotkon: The animation film tells the story of a clever Brahmin who earns money with his intelligence and made his family surprised.
- A River island tale: A kid’s life changes when his father brings home a little pig. Set in the backdrop of a River Island, the idea is to tell a story which is essentially Assamese. A graphic poem of sorts, the texture and the overall look of the film is inspired from the great 90’s Assamese movies. Style of animation is inspired form a little girl’s slate illustrations.”
- The Devil inside me: After partying with friends a young man feels stomach ache in the night and it makes him scare about death.
- Sita: Moina a 9-year-old boy lives with his mother, who is a widow. They are financially unstable and his mother runs the livelihood by doing household chores at other’s house. The only happiness in Moina’s life is his best friend, his Goat, Sita. He finds solace when his Goat is around him. Though his mother often thinks of selling it, but she can’t compromise with her son’s happiness. But destiny has some other plans, which turns the situation topsy turvy for them.
- The Thin Red Ribbon: This film captures the life of a group of orphan kids at a home in Imphal. Through the means of a film production workshop the team members of this film tried to understand the world of these children.
- Khoh ki Bo: The film speaks about the conservation of dying art of basket weaving in north east region especially in Shella area in Meghalaya.
- Nagaland is changing but…: The film depicts the current environmental scenario of Nagaland where pollution has gripped the natural resources and forest life of the state.
These selected films will now compete for the prestigious Woodpecker Award. The Festival Jury for this year’s edition is headed by acclaimed actor and theatre director Mr. Avijit Dutt. The Jury also has Nigerian writer and filmmaker Mr Onyeka Newuele. Other esteemed members of the Jury include Oscar Nominated director-producer, writer and actor Ms. Ajita Suchitra Veera, journalist Mr. Mihir Shrivastav and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Member Mr. Ashieem Kaisthaa.
The Woodpecker Awards are aimed to inspire creativity and recognise the talent of Indian filmmakers who are focusing on alternative ways of filmmaking and experimenting with new ideas and issues. Best Award in each category will be presented. Woodpecker awards will be presented in a gala Award Ceremony on the last day of the festival.
About the Organiser
The film festival is part of the ‘Cinema for Change’ initiative launched by CMSR foundation, a not-for-profit Trust, based in New Delhi, to promote issue-based cinema in the country. The foundation has been established to harness the power of information, education and communications to achieve desired social change. Communication for Social development, education, public health, rural development, environment and media constitute the broad operational areas of CMSR foundation. (www.cmsrfoundation.org)