IFP Bureau | IMPHAL
Two documentary films from the state, Meena Longjam’s Achoubi in Love and Sonia Nepram’s Bloody Phanek have been selected for screening at the 12th edition of the Film Southasia (FSA) to be held in Kathmandu on November 14-17.
A release stated that Achoubi in Love is slated to be screened on November 16, while Sonia Nepram’s Bloody Phanek is scheduled for November 17 screening. It has been reported that the biennial documentary films fest from South Asia region has been made extra special with the selection of the two films from Manipur, it said.
According to the organisers, this edition recorded a submission of 2500 films out of which 63 from seven countries were selected for the four-day fest, the release added.
Meena Longjam’s Achoubi in Love tells the story of Achoubi and her love for the threatened Manipuri ponies. Defying the odds of age, ill-health, financial challenges and strained familial relationships, she fights passionately to save these endangered beings from extinction. Previously, Meena had received a national award for the documentary Autodriver. She is also the proprietor of Airameen Media.
Sonia Nepram’s Bloody Phanek was first screened at a global premiere in South Korea. After that, it has traveled to several countries including Greece, France, Serbia, Bangladesh as well as numerous domestic fests and special screenings in India.
The second documentary from the filmmaker, Bloody Phanek blends the personal and the political while exploring how Manipuri women use Phanek as a medium of protest and this attire can challenge masculinity. Sonia also runs the Yelhoumee Pictures production house, and she has started working on her third film, it added.
At FSA, selected films are judged by a three-member Southasian jury and the best film is awarded the ‘Ram Bahadur Trophy’ for Best Film along with a citation and a cash prize of USD 2,000. The second-best film will be awarded a citation along with cash prize of USD 1,000. Past juries have been headed by well-known Southasian auteur filmmakers like Shyam Benegal, Goutam Ghose, Tareque Masud, Saeed Mirza and acclaimed journalist, Mark Tully.