Guwahati/Imphal: The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2019, that will be held in Japan’s Yamagata city from October 10 to 17 will feature 16 documentaries from Northeast this year. The documentary films will be screened under a special section- “Rustle of Spring, whiff of Gunpowder Documentaries from Northeast India,” a statement said.
The programme has been set by the Festival authority in collaboration with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation as a part of their ongoing initiative entitled: Preserving and Sharing the histories and memories of Northeast India, Film Society of Manipur said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation carries out a range of programs aimed at promoting international understanding through exchanges and cooperation. The foundation has invited legendary Manipuri filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma, Pinky Brahma Choudhury from Assam, Moji Riba from Arunachal Pradesh and young filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar from Manipur to attend the festival and deliver talks in the post-screening events.
The films from Manipur are Aribam Syam Sharma’s Orchids of Manipur, 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.
Other films from Northeast to be featured at the film fest are Pinky Brahma Choudhury’s An Autumn fable, Mukul Haloi’s Tales from Our Childhood, Gautam Bora’s Old Man River, Subhash 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, Napaleon Thanga’s MNF: The Mizo Uprising, Moji Riba’s Prayers for New God, Tarun Bhartiya’s When the Hens Crow and Not Allowed.