Rono Hills: Borderland Narratives, the three-day long festival of films from Contemporary Northeast India, came to a successful end here at the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) campus on Tuesday.
In all, 19 filmmakers representing the 8 states of the north east India participated in the festival and shared their films and diverse cultures.
Addressing the valedictory ceremony of the festival, RGU vice-chancellor Professor Saket Kushwaha declared making the festival a calendar event and announced to provide Rs 5 lakh from the university funds.
Calling for preservation of purity of language, he urged the student body of RGU to conduct an open campus programme on language preservation that would further help the tribal communities to learn and speak their languages and dialects.
Appreciating the theme of the film ‘Chori’ directed by Tribeny Rai from Sikkim, Professor Kushwaha stressed on the importance of a girl child in society. “Our society needs to change its attitude towards a girl child and the best way is to showcase the reality is through films. Being the torchbearers of society, the filmmakers need to bring changes in different aspects of life,” he said.
Further while giving away awards to the filmmakers for the short film competition, the vice-chancellor asserted that making good films is more important than wining prizes.
The short film competition saw “Ya:Yo” (Grandmother) directed by Amalendu Kaushik from Assam being declared as the winner, while Toni Perme of Arunachal received the special jury award for his film “Badu: Lament of a fleeting Soul”.
The winning film has received a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh while the special jury awardee got richer by Rs 25,000.
River Story by Yapangnaro Longkum, The Vanishing Roots: Apatani Language and Culture by Dulley Tamang, Sweet Lemon by Tanom Jerang, Pialral-Ah by Napoleon R Z Thanga, Vanishing Roots by Tage Apa were the other films nominated for the short film category.
The last segment of the festival saw the screening of Chori directed by Tribeny Rai and III Smoking Barrels directed by Sanjib Deywas.
Meanwhile, the second day of the film festival on Sunday witnessed a workshop on the topic, “Researching Film Content in Archives and in Community” being conducted by Wangphrang Deingdoh.
Besides being the resource person for the festival, Deingdoh is also the director of the film ‘Because We Did Dot Choose’, which was one of the films showcased in the festival.
The workshop saw participants, mostly from the department of mass communication briefed on the film making process and the resource person share his experiences in researching film content in archives and community.
Films including Songs of the Mist by Kivini Shohe (Nagaland), Haja by Emang Debbarma (Tripura), Ma Ama by Dominic Sangma (Meghalaya), Mighty Brahmaputra by Bappa Ray from Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Dhokbu by Dawa Lepcha (Sikkim), Sulhnu by K C Zoherliana (Mizoram) and Orunasol Man by Nyago Ete were also screened on day two of the festival.
Borderland Narratives was organized by the Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies in collaboration with the IGNCA, Guwahati.
CCRD, Mishmi Takin, Centre for Endangered Languages and the RGU’s department of mass communication were the festival partners.