A still from Dominic Megam Sangma’s <i>Ma.ama </i>that is all set to be screened at the upcoming Mumbai Film Festival Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati/Shillong: Meghalaya filmmaker Dominic Megam Sangma’s film Ma.ama is all set to be screened at the upcoming Mumbai Film Festival to be held in the maximum city from October 25 to November 1. Ma.ama is the first film from the Northeastern state of Meghalaya and the only Indian movie to be shortlisted for the ‘international competition’ section of the seven-day film fest.

An international project, the Garo film has been jointly produced by Sangma and Xu Jiangshang from China. Ma.ama, Sangma’s debut feature film, revolves around the life of an 85-year-old protagonist Philip, and his undying love for his dead wife. The story takes us through this journey wherein he longs to be reunited with his wife in the afterlife, and how it affects the rest of the family members.

Speaking to EastMojo, Sangma expressed his happiness, “It is an overwhelming feeling to have your film being screened at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.”

Ma.ama is based on the true experiences of Dominic Megam Sangma’s father as someone who lost his wife early in life

Sangma said, “The film is based on the true experiences of my father. I was just two-and-a-half-years-old when I lost my mother, and although my father remarried, I can still see him longing for her.”

“I have for long been meaning to make this film, but it was not an easy task, as I don’t know much about my mother. It took me more than five years to make up my mind to finally write the film’s script, as it involved forcing my father to talk about some of his bitter-sweet memories,” said Sangma.

Once he had made up his mind, Sangma scripted the entire storyline in just one night.

All of Sangma’s family members have played their respective roles in the film, with his father himself playing the protagonist’s character.

He further added, “This film is an attempt and a quest for both father and son to acknowledge the void left behind in our lives by my mother’s sudden demise and to fill that gap.”

A gifted young filmmaker from a quaint little village in the Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya, Sangma’s debut film Rong.kuchak had won National Student Film Award for best short film in 2014; it also won a special mention in Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival, Venice, in 2015. He has directed a number of short films and documentaries that have been selected for various international film festivals. A graduate from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Sangma now owns his own production company called Anna Films.

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