Syam, Paban to participate in Yamagata film fest

MEGHACHANDRA KONGBAM
IMPHAL, 8thOct: The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2019, which will be held from October 10 to 17 will feature 16 documentaries from North East India under a special section- "Rustle of Spring, Whiff of Gun power: Documentaries from Northeast India".
The programme has been set by the festival authority in collaboration with Sasakawa Peace Foundation as part of their ongoing initiative entitled: Preserving and Sharing the Histories and Memories of North East India.
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has invited legendary film maker Aribam Syam Sharma and young dynamic film maker Haobam Paban Kumar from Manipur to attend the festival and deliver talks in the post-screening events.
Five films from Manipur - Aribam Syam Sharma's Orchids of Manipur and Yelhou Jagoi: The Dances of Lai Haraoba; The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh; Haobam Paban Kumar's Phum-Shang; and Oinam Doren's Songs of Mashangva would be screened in the festival.
Other films from northeast to be screened in the festival are Pinky Brahma Choudhury's An Autumn Fable, Mukul Haloi's Tales from Our Childhood, Gautam Bora's Old Man River, Subasri Krishnan's What the Fields Remember, Altaf Mazid's The Broken Song, Sanjay Kak's In the Forest Hangs a Bridge, Prem Vaida's New Rhythms in Nagaland, Nepoleon Thanga's MNF: The Mizo Uprising, Moji Riba's Prayers for New Gods, and Tarun Bhartiya's When the Hens Crow and Not Allowed.
There will be a symposium on 'Documentaries from Northeast India/When Margins Become the Centre' to be participated by Pinky Brahma Choudhury, Haobam Paban Kumar and Moji Riba which would be moderated by Tarun Bhartiya, besides opening a North East India Audio-Visual Archive under the Department of Mass Communication, St Anthony's College, Shillong.
Festival authority says, "Surrounded by Tibet, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh, the northeast region of India connects to the mainland via a slender stretch of land of just 22 kilometres in width, euphemistically called the “chicken neck.” From the time of Independence, the Indian state has been obsessively worried about the map of this area getting severed from this slender chicken neck. Confronted by the self-determination struggles of the indigenous people of the region, Indian cartographic mania has pushed the democratic life there to just a frontier footnote".
"But political turbulence is not the only story. As a geographical and civilizational bridge, the region has been at the crossroads of much older histories of community cultures. With more than 200 languages and scores of tribes, from hill societies to valley dwelling cultures, Northeast India could be celebrated as a microcosm of diversity. This programme presents the tension and dialogue between the post-colonial Indian state’s efforts to represent the region and local filmmakers who seize back the narrative of their experiences".


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