Khasi Film Iewduh by National Award-winning film personalities Shankar Lall Goenka and Pradip Kurbah has won the prestigious Kim Ji-seok Award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea. Iewduh had its world premiere at the BIFF, stated a press release.
This is a milestone for the Meghalayan film industry as Iewduh was the first film from the State to enter the BIFF, an important destination for Asian filmmakers. The award was announced on Saturday.
Commenting on the award, Iewduh producer Shankar Lall Goenka said, “This is a very important day of my life. Getting recognition at an international event like BIFF is very precious. This will encourage me further to make good films.”
On making a film in Khasi language, the two-time National Award winning filmmaker Goenka said: “I was born and brought up in Shillong, which is my hometown. Through films, I want to give it back to the society and the people of Meghalaya. That is the reason I made Iewduh.”
Iewduh Director Pradip Kurbah has dedicated the Kim Ji-seok Award to the people of Meghalaya and thanked Goenka for producing the film.
Iewduh, also known as Barabazar, is one of the oldest and largest daily markets in Shillong. The film talks about the daily lives of the people in the market.
The film, made under the banner of Shiven Arts, will be premiered in India at the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival later this month. Iewduh has also been selected in the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa.
Iewduh will be commercially released in November this year across North East and other parts of the country.