CFSI film festival kicks off with Jahnu Baruah’s Tora

From our Staff Correspondent

Dibrugarh, Feb 11:  Children’s Film Society, India, with support of Vivekanda Kendra Vidyalaya, Assam, has been organizing the CFSI film bonza in different districts of Assam to showcase children films from the catalogue of CFS, from February 6 to February 13.

CFSI promotes films that provide healthy and wholesome entertainment for children to broaden their perspective and encourage them to reflect on the world around. With an enviable catalogue of 250 films in 10 different languages, CFSI remains the prime producer of children’s films in South Asia. They organize film screenings across the country, reaching out to approximately four million children annually. CFSI is committed to strengthening the children’s film movement within India and promoting Indian produced children’s films across the globe.

The festival kicked off at Vivekanda Kendra Vidyalaya, Dibrugarh with the screening of intertiolly as well as tiolly acclaimed film director, Jahnu  Baruah’s  film Tora (Tora’s Love). The festival was iugurated by the CEO, Children Film Society of India, Dr Shravan Kumar through video conferencing. Dr Kumar had an aptly interactive session with the students of the school.

In the remote countryside of Assam and surrounded by hills, two families live a little outside the village in harmony with each other. Seven-year old Tora, who studies in the village school and loves ture, belongs to one of the families and lives with her parents. Their neighbours also have three members. The peace of the two families is shattered when a conflict erupts over a piece of land and blows out of proportion. Where every attempt to reach at resolution has failed, will Tora’s innocence be able to put an end to the dispute? Directed by intertiolly acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua, the film has won the tiol Award for Best Children’s film.

Among other films shown at the festival are Monkey and the Crocodile, Crow for All Seasons, Little Varju and Nokpokliba, which is based on a ga folk tale. This short film tells the story of Nokpokliba, a ga mystic, who saves his people from the treachery of an evil merchant by using his magical powers. Adventure Of Sugar Doll tells the story of a sweetmeat seller who loves to pamper children with sweets, but is saddened by his wife’s grief at not having any children of their own. One day he makes a little sugar boy and gives it to his wife who prays for it to come alive. In the night, her wish is granted. But the impish doll runs away to see the world and encounters many troubles. In the end he realizes the love of the couple where he was made. But will he be able to return to them in a perilous world?  

The festival will travel to four different places in Assam which includes Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Tingrai and Boragaloi. The festival will also have quiz competition for children.