Minister of information and public relations Lalruatkima inaugurating the festival on Wednesday

Aizawl: The first Mizoram International Documentary Film Festival (MIDFF) kicked off at the Information and Public Relations auditorium in Aizawl on Wednesday.

The film festival is being organised by the Films Division of the ministry of information & broadcasting in collaboration with Mizoram’s information and public relations department.

The three-day film festival will screen 20 award-winning documentaries. Veteran filmmakers such as Gautam Bora and Paban Haobam Kumar will be conducting master classes in the art of documentary film making. Mass communication students from Mizoram University and IIMC, Aizawl will be attending all the three days of the festival and attend the master classes.

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Minister of information and public relations Lalruatkima, who inaugurated the festival, said that documentary films play an important role in evoking public opinion on a variety of issues that affect us and our societies. He added that documentaries are powerful tools in educating the public about issues and events and remarked that cinema has transformed lives and helps connects cultures across the world.

Films division director V Packirisamy highlighted the role and importance of films division of the ministry in promotion of documentary film-making since its inception in 1948 and the changing roles of films division in recent times. He also pointed that Northeast has a lot of talent and it is important for them to tell their stories in their own perspectives.

“The ongoing Yamagata film festival in Japan has added Northeastern cinema for the first time and the 13 films being screened speak about the talent of filmmakers from the Northeast,” he said.

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