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Documentaries on social issues a must: Manju Bora

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 May 2017 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 10: Eminent filmmaker Manju Borah laid stress on the need of making good documentary films to focus social issues in the Northeast, especially in Assam.

“Documentary making is really a tough job. I really appreciate the efforts of the students of NPS Intertiol School to make documentary films, apart from their regular studies,” Borah said while participating in a felicitation programme organized by NPS Intertiol School in the city. The filmmaker of intertiol repute also felicitated the students, who were involved in the making of Hope, a documentary film prepared by the students of the school, at the programme.

The documentary films prepared by the students of the school have earned laurels, both in tiol and intertiol platforms, over the years.

Hope, a documentary film prepared by the students of NPS Intertiol School in 2017, is a story on how the school maged to bring smile to two differently-able students, Amit and Madhurjya, and their family members as both of them cleared their CBSE Class XII Examitions, 2016 with flying colours. While Amit secured 93.2 per cent marks in Humanities in the examition. Madhurjya successfully cleared the JEE-Mains 2016 examition.

Apart from earning laurels in various platforms (students categories), both in tiol and intertiol level film festivals, Hope has brought glory to the entire Northeast, especially in Assam this year.

Hope has won the Best Documentary (students’ section) Award in the 7th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festivals, 2017.

Assam Bamboo Crafts, a documentary film prepared by the students of the school also bagged the Best Documentary Film and Best Cinematography (students’ section) awards during the 5th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, 2015.

On the intertiol front, Hope has won the coveted Award of Recognition in Documentary Short (Student) Section in the IndieFEST Film Awards, California, US, 2017. The documentary film was screened at 4th Noida Intertiol Film Festival-17 (Best Documentary); INYFF Intertiol New York Film Festival, 2017 (official selection), The Modcon London Film Festival (filist), Sunlight Intertiol Film Festival, Germany, 2017 (official selection), IndieWise Virtual Festival 2017 (filist); 19thIntertiol Children’s Film Festival India 2016, 5th Mumbai Shorts Intertiol Film Festival-16 (best documentary), We Care Film Festival 2017 (official selection), 2nd tiol Children’s Film Festival, 2016 and others.

Another documentary made by the students-Assam Bamboo Crafts secured first position at the tiol-level film-making competition, organized by the CBSE in 2015. The same documentary was also sent to the 5th Dada Sahib Phalke Film Festival 2015 in New Delhi and the school won awards in two categories— Best Documentary and Best Cinematography.

The documentary also won the Best Film Award in the 4th Bangalore Short Intertiol Film Festival 2015. In Indian Cine Film Festival 2015 and Kolkata Intertiol Film Festival 2015, the documentary was officially shortlisted for the fil round in students’ category Director of the films, Aakaansha Das, has expressed satisfaction over the performance of the crew members of the film.

As part of its Social Responsibility, NPS Intertiol School, Guwahati adopted both Amit Saikia and Madhurjya Kashyap who are differently-able till Class XII.

Principal of the school Probhati Biswas also spoke during the programme.

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