Guwahati: The Year 2020 is often said to be the year that brought everyone down on its knees. From volcanic eruptions, wildfires, oil spills, to COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 seems to have it down for us. But a short movie by designer Sanghamitra Phukan and with the help of her brother Angshuman, has brought a seedling of thought to life, “Do you think this is the time we fall, or is this the time we actually rise?”
This thought might also be the reason why the short movie Let it Rain was also officially nominated for the September version of Indie Short Fest by the Los Angeles International Film Festival. An elated Angshuman said, “Ours is one of the 12 movies which has been officially nominated in the September version.”
According to him, the concept was born from the observation of current circumstances and, most importantly, from the awareness that each and every event disrupting our lives in 2020 is the inevitable consequence of a clearly broken system. Additionally, the film was conceptualised by Sanghamitra herself and Angshuman provided his skills in Art Direction and voice over.
The two protagonists of the animated short film which were voiced by the sister-brother duo discuss the current state of affairs and question the feeling of utter helplessness. As this is the time to band together and help each other, connect with faraway people in faraway places. “Is social distancing the new normal and are we doomed to remain apart? Or is this the time we rise to the challenge and finally erase the very concept of distance itself?” Angshuman questions.
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The movie also stands true in its core belief and even showcased how they connected with people from different parts of the world-12 countries to be specific. Messages of hopes poured from all corners including India, London, Nigeria, Canada, Thailand- all saying, “Let it Rain.”
The siblings as the son and daughter of famed actor Biju Phukan and Rajashree Phukan. Sanghamitra has her designer brand SANGHAMITRA which is an Indo-Italian sustainable fashion design & lifestyle brand based in London. The brand is conceived around the essential concept of bringing together ancient Indian hand weaving and tailoring traditions with contemporary European Fashion edits.
Indie Short Fest (ISF-LA) is an LA-based international film competition with bimonthly live screenings at the Raleigh Studios Hollywood, CA, and a major annual awards event at the same venue. ISA-LA looks for independent projects from all genres, particularly low or no-budget ones, as well as from all countries, especially from those traditionally underrepresented in the global film industry.
At least three different judges score the quality and creativity of each entry on a performance scale defined in nine parameters (from originality to technical aspects as pace, structure, lighting, and sound design). The highest-rated entries are nominated for the awards of the respective categories and finally are choose the winners.