GUWAHATI: The four-day 7th Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF) successfully concluded with the screening of T for Tajmahal, directed by Kireet Khurana at the ITA Cultural centre recently.
T for Tajmahal is a young man’s journey to bring literacy to his village through a unique social enterprise. Instead of paying for food, the customers need to teach the village children. The results of the BVFF Short Film Contest, 2019, were also declared.
Rakesh Moirangthem from Manipur won the first prize for his film Pe (The Umbrella). He received a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh. The film is adapted from a short story by Sahitya Akademi award winning writer Laitonjam Premchand. Pe tells the story of the importance of little things a poor father and son shares, like in this film, an old and torn umbrella, and the emotions associated with it.
Buddhadeb Barman was the 1st runners-up for his movie Lachhka Dangir Katha and he received a cash prize of Rs 70,000. The second runner-up was Maharshi Tuhin Kashyap for his film Kaan Phus Phusot Phus Phusoni (Poetry of Whispers), and he received a cash prize of Rs 50,000.
The fourth day started with the screening of Priya Thuvassery’s documentary Coral Woman, which is both a profile of Uma Mani and her efforts to address the threat to coral reefs from bleaching, pollution and global warming. Born in a traditional family in Tamil Nadu, 53-year-old Uma, a homemaker, has been trying to bring attention to this alarming environmental issue through her paintings. An engaging panel discussion also took place with Karan Oberoi, Bidita Bag and Prabal Baruah, moderated by Karma Paljor, on the topic – Nurturing Talent from Northeast India. It was followed by the screening of Picasso, directed by Abhijeet Mohan Warang.