GUWAHATI: Young Assamese filmmaker Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia has expressed disappointment at the fact that the State Government has decided to send four representatives, including bureaucrats, to attend the Cannes International Film Festival in France on May 22, but has ignored his request for sponsoring his travel expenses so that he could attend the Marche du Film festival and promote his film 'Baghjan'.
'Baghjan' is a bilingual movie in the Assamese and Moran languages and has been selected for the Marche du Film, which is the business counterpart of the Cannes International Film Festival in France.
In a Facebook post, Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia welcomed the State Government's decision to send delegates to the Cannes International Film Festival to promote Assamese films and termed it as a farsighted move. He, however, lamented that lack of finances deprives Assamese filmmakers like him of the opportunity to promote their films at celebrated international film festivals. He said that film festivals will come and go, but filmmakers like him may not get a similar opportunity again.
It may be mentioned that the much-acclaimed Assamese movie 'Boomba Ride' is going to be screened at the Cannes International Film Festival on May 22. Written, edited and directed by Biswajit Bora, 'Boomba Ride' was shot on the banks of the river Brahmaputra. Bora is a resident of Golaghat.