SHILLONG: The Department of Mass Media, St Anthony’s College, Shillong, hosted the North-East India Audio Visual Archive (NEIAV) Summit at the conference hall of the college here on Thursday. Kyntiewbor War from Mawshbuit, owner of Ever Living Museum, inaugurated the archive. The archive is supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation of Japan. The department will also be collaborating with the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, who will be sharing their expertise.
During the inaugural event, a message from Shuichi Ohno, president, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation was read out which stated, “The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has been conducting a project entitled “Preserving and Sharing Histories and Memories of Northeast India” to last over the next three years and more. We aim at supporting cultural activities that allow local communities to preserve and share their experiences and history. Obviously, this Northeast India audiovisual archive is one of the most significant initiatives and today is really an epoch-making day for us.”
Along the same lines, Fujioka Asako, board member, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) also expressed her greeting and best wishes to the archive through a video message.
Speaking on behalf of YIDFF, she said that this year, YIDFF has a special section for Northeast India titled “Rustle of Spring, A Whiff of Gunpowder: Documentaries from Northeast India” and wishes that these selected films screened at Japan will also travel back to the Northeast and get screened as a package. The Northeast India AV Archive is an audiovisual public archive at the Department of Mass Media, St Anthony’s College Shillong.
The Northeast India AV Archive strives to make the idea of archive popular and accessible. Existing both in online and offline world, NEIAV Archive promises to be both enlightening and enjoyable experience for its users. The material present at the archive are documentary films, newsreels, interviews, amateur footage, sound recordings and photographs. This material relating to the eight States of Northeast exists in various analog and digital formats.