Meghalaya filmmaker Pradip Kurbah with the Kim Ji-seok Award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea

Shillong: Meghalaya’s renowned filmmaker Pradip Kurbah has added another feather to his cap as his Khasi film Iewduh has won the Kim Ji-seok Award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

This is the first time that an Indian film has bagged this award. The Kim Ji-seok Award is given to emerging Asian talent.

Iewduh is based on the everyday lives of the people in Iewduh, also popularly known as Bara Bazar, one of the oldest markets in Northeast. It also highlights the relationship of people in Iewduh, and the ups and downs that they face.

Kurbah thanked his producer Shankar Lall Goenka for having faith in him and his team, for the pillars of support during the filing of Iewduh. He went on to dedicate the award to the people of Iewduh and said that they have all won together.

Giving a gist of his movie, he said Iewduh is about everyday people, with everyday stories, not dignified as heroes, but people who make the lives of each other better.

Adding that in every lane of Iewduh, there is an untold story. It’s about the struggle, the hope to give life not just to themselves, but also to those that they love, those that they care for.

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Busan International Film Festival is one of the biggest film festivals in Asia and also the most significant film festival in Asia. The filmmaker shared the award with Pakistani film-maker Sarmad Sultan Khoosat for his film Circus of Life.

Meanwhile Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma took to twitter to congratulate the filmmaker. He wrote, “Big congratulations to #Meghalaya’s talented Filmmaker @PradipKurbah for winning the Kim Ji-seok Award at the 24th #BusanInternationalFilmFestival (BIFF) @busanfilmfest in #Korea for his movie ‘Iewduh’.”

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