Two Manipuri films selected for the IFFI Indian Panorama 2020
Two Manipuri films, a feature film ‘Eigi Kona (Stallone My Pony)’ and a non-feature film ‘Highways of Life’ have been selected for the Indian Panorama of the 51st India International Film Festival (IFFI 2020).
The 90-minute film ‘Eigi Kona (Stallone My Pony)’ was one of 20 feature films selected from a broad pool of 183 contemporary Indian films by a 12-member jury led by acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter John Mathew Matthan.
It is a film by Swarna Kamal Award Winner Bobby Wahengbam and National Award Winning Filmmaker Maipaksana Haorongbam and was produced by Dr. K Sushila Devi.
The film is an index of how polo players and ponies lead pathetic lives in the cradle of polo.
On the other hand, ‘Highways of Life’ was one of 20 non-feature films selected from a diverse group of 143 contemporary Indian non-feature films by a seven-member jury led by acclaimed filmmaker and documentary maker Haobam Paban Kumar. .
The 52-minute film Highways of Life is a detailed look at the high-octane life of Manipur highway truckers. The film travels with a group of truckers through these unfavorable highways putting their lives on the front line, transporting basic goods to serve the three million inhabitants of Manipur.
The film is directed by the young and energetic filmmaker Amar Maibam and was produced by the Film Division.
‘Highways of Life’ has recently been awarded the best film award at Liberation Docfest 2020, Dhaka and has been shown in the competition section of many other renowned film festivals, including the International Mountain Film Festival of Kathmandu.
On selecting his film for IFFI 2020, filmmaker Amar Maibam said: “It is an honor for us. But more importantly, I will be happier as our road problems and their relationship with the people are recognized among a wider audience. I thank the team members and everyone who supported the film. ”
Echoing a similar sentiment, well-known film critic Meghachandra Kongbam, president of the Film Society of Manipur, said: “It is a great achievement of Manipuri cinema, the leading cinema for Tibeto-Burmese languages in the country, that two Manipuri films were selected in the features and non-features sections of the 51st IFFI 2020 India Panorama “.
Last week, ‘I Rise’, a short film about boxer Laishram Sarita Devi, directed by Manipur National Award-winning filmmaker Borun Thokchom, took home the Best Documentary award at the 9th Mumbai International Short Film Festival.