Kohima: Thenupfü Rüli, a 4:58 minute music video by the Catholic Youth Association (CYA) social communication wing of Christ King Church Parish in Kohima, has been shortlisted for the Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival (DBGYFF) and is international screening across 135 countries from Thursday and will continue till Friday.

The festival of youth is an event organised by the Social Media Department of the Salesian congregation (Don Bosco Society) headquartered in Rome on the theme “Moved by Hope”.

Ahead of screening it at Church King Church in Kohima on Thursday, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Power and Information Technology & Communication, KD Vizo, who graced the screening as special guest, said it is a great joy and pride for the parish and the Diocese as the music video is screened worldwide. 

As he congratulated the workforce behind the music video, he said the theme of the global event is “interesting and touching”, as the world is living in despair and fear following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He said the younger generation has been psychologically impacted as the pandemic has forced the world into lockdowns. Vizo added that the challenges that the younger generation is facing, is something that is totally different, which also makes the elders unable to realise (understand) it. 

In this regard, he said that young people should not be afraid as there is hope in the world. He advised the youth to remain natural and focused in the midst of all the confusion.

As DBGYFF provided an opportunity for people between 18-30 years, he said that this period in life is a crucial phase. He, therefore, advised the youth to live life productively.

Meanwhile, Thenupfü Rüli, which means ‘Plight of a mother’ in the Tenyidie language, is among 110 entries shortlisted for screening out of 1686 entries in different categories from 114 countries. It is also the only entry to be selected for screening out of 13 entries from the Salesian Province of Dimapur that covers Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Upper Assam.

Scriptwriter Seluovinuo Rame told EastMojo that the music video portrays the story of a young mother who struggles in caring for her sick husband and nurturing their children.

“She recalls her youth and longs to go back and live her youth here but she is reminded of the love of her children and her present responsibilities,” Rame said. Despite the longing, the mother hopes for better days and happily embraces her responsibilities, she added.

The music video was shot in Nagaland in October with a total cast and crew of 20. The music video is directed by Albert Seluokuolie Rutsa.

Thenupfü Rüli was screened in Kohima on Thursday along with 16 other short movies that were shortlisted. It is informed that the screening will continue on Friday, particularly for the students.

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