Imphal, Feb 3 (UNI) Altogether 33 films from the Northeastern region will be exhibited in the 10th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), 2008, for the documentary, short and animation films categories.
A Manipur Information Centre official said here today Ronel Haobam's 22-minute documentary film - Nongpok Thongakpasinggi Wari (The Story of Eastern Protectors) - was among the 54 films vying in the Indian section of the 10th MIFF, commencing today at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai.
The biennial festival, organised by the Films Division of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which will last till February 9, will have 44 films in the International section and 54 films in the Indian section.
Made in the Beta film format, Nongpok Thongakpasinggi Wari is based on a legendary female character and depicts the simple traditional life of the Khoibu people, woven around the annual festival of Haichingbawng.
The film has been scheduled for screening on February 8 in the festival.
''The Khoibu tribe is one of the oldest communities of Manipur and despite the changing trends through the years, this tribe has been able to retain its ancient customary practices and traditions and some of their legends are indeed touching and heartwarming,'' Mr Haobam said.
The present population of this tribe has dwindled to only around 2,000, most of whom live in villages such as Biyang, Haikot, Khangsim, Khoibu, all under the Machi subdivision of Chandel district.
Earlier, Mr Haobam had produced and directed 10 documentaries and a short film for Doordarshan Kendra, Imphal, Programme Production Centre (North-East) and Electronic Multi-Media Research Centre, Manipur University.
The MIFF, 2008, will also feature a special package of 33 films from the NE for the first time.
It includes 17 films from Assam, five from Manipur, two each from Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland and one from Sikkim.
Th Brajabidhu's 30-minute documentary, Padmashree Aribam Syam Sharma (Manipur) and Jahnu Barua's 54-minute documentary - A River's Story: the quest for Brahmaputra (Assam) - will be the inaugural films of the Special Package Films from the NE and will be screened on February 5.
The other four films from Manipur are A Syam Sharma's 30-minute documentary - Guru Laimayum Thambalngoubi Devi, Bobby Wahengbam's 15-minute short fiction film - Joshephki Macha (Joseph's Son), Y Romabai Devi's 23-minute documentary - Jagoida Kathoklabi Suryamukhi Devi (Dedicated dancer Suryamukhi Devi) and Haobam Paban Kumar's 19-minute short fiction film - Ngaihak Lambida (Along the Way).
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