National Award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua

Guwahati: Amid massive protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) across the country, National Award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua has come out to clear the air over the “confusions and misinterpretations” prevailing among the people outside the Northeast.

In a 10.25-minute video that he has shared on social media, the noted filmmaker says: “As you are aware, people across the country are protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. However, we feel that there are many confusions and misinterpretations among the people outside the Northeast about the protests going on in Assam.”

“In that context, I’ll explain to you how the protests going on in Assam is different from the one happening elsewhere in the country,” he adds. The “explainer” video comes close on the wheels of the filmmaker’s decision not to participate in the 8th Assam State Film Awards and Film Festival, 2019 which was scheduled to take place on December 26 and 27 in Guwahati. Barua, one of the state’s leading filmmakers, withdrew his film ‘Bhoga Khirikee’ from being screened at the festival.

Produced by actor Priyanka Chopra, ‘Bhoga Khirikee’ was released in October last year.

In the video, Barua then explains how the people of Assam are mainly fighting for the safeguarding of their identity and that “it has nothing to do with religion”.

“Like all of you, we also love our language and culture and we are very proud of the fact that the Assamese society is composed of all the indigenous people of the state that have been living together so harmoniously for centuries. It is not at all religion-centric…,” he says.

“This diversity is the most profound unique identity of the people of Assam. And we are very proud about it. And we surely don’t want to see it getting extinct in years to come at any cost.

But unfortunately, with this new Citizenship (Amendment) Act coming in, the very identity of ours is getting threatened,” he adds.

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