Guwahati: Assamese short film “Xogun” (Vulture), directed and scripted by Utpal Borpujari and adapted from an acclaimed short story by noted writer-journalist Manoj Kumar Goswami, has been selected to the International Children’s Rights Film Festival (ICRFF), to be held in Turkey’s Izmir city.

“The film is a comment on how media world is revolving in the current times. It is a 16 minute film set in a very remote area,” filmmaker and critic Utpal Borpujari told EastMojo.

On being asked about the film festival, the director said, “This is a film festival that focuses on films which talk about childrens’ rights and it is an old film festival being held in Turkey for the last 10 years. They try to create a coversation with regards to children and their rights globally in the current context due to various socio-political situations across the world.”

“It is an important platform to get one’s film screened,” the film maker added.

The festival, organized annually to create awareness about children’s rights by the Children’s Rights Culture and Art Association, will be held from November 12-20 in the historic coastal city on Turkey.

Produced by Guwahati-based socio-cultural organisation IFT India, “Xogun” was earlier screened at several prestigious short film festivals, such as the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival, 14th Signs Festival (Thiruvananthapuram), New York, Indian Film Festival and Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (USA). 

It has also been selected to the forthcoming 4th South Asian Short Film Festival (Kolkata) and Koutik International Film Festival (Uttarakhand). Earlier, it had won the best film award at the 13th International Guwahati Film Festival and an honorable mention at the Kashmir International Film & Cultural Festival, and was nominated for the best film at the 5th Chalachitram National Film Festival, Guwahati.

Filmed in Agia area of Goalpara with the support of Badunduppa Kala Kendra, the film, like the original story, takes a critical and hard look at certain aspects of modern-day journalistic practices in a powerful way.

The cast of the film includes veterans like Sanjeev Hazorika and Dhananjay Nath, along with young talents like Rimjhim Deka and Ankit Shandilya and child actors Kapil Garo (of “Ishu” fame), Anurag Rabha, Phanibhushan Rabha and Ashish Rabha.

The crew comprises Basanta Kumar Borthakur (executive producer), Chida Bora (cinematography), Umesh Kumar (editor), Amrit Pritam Dutta (sound design, editing & mixing), Anurag Saikia (music), Debajit Gayan (production sound mixer), Ghanashyam Kalita (colorist & chief asst director), Dipika Deka (asst director), Madan Rabha (art) and Homen Borah (production manager). The line production was done by 92X26 Films. The poster of the film has been designed by Samudra Kajal Saikia.

Also read: Assamese short-film ‘Xogun’ to be screened at 21st New York Indian Film Festival

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