June 26, 2015 GUWAHATI: Award winning Assamese filmmaker Manju Borah’s Bodo language film ‘Dau Huduni Methai’ (Song of the Horned Owl) is selected for screening at the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF), one of the oldest and prestigious film festivals of Canada.
“This is great news for the regional film in our region. We have been witnessing a tough time but this has come to be a sigh of relief or rather a motivation, we can say. Here I would like to thank the producer for showing courage and invest money in making films. We still have people who want to support the good cinema,” the director expressed her jubilance.
The film’s story is plotted on the suffering of innocent Bodo villagers because of rampant militancy and violence. The film had to wait for over a year as the director did not get the artiste to play the protagonist.
The Canadian film fest is scheduled to be begum from August 27 in Montreal city and Borah’s film will be screened in the ‘Focus on World Cinema’ genre category. The MWFF which started in 1977 brings some of the world’s best films and filmmakers together.
“This is very satisfying to be counted among the best in the world. It would not have been done without the efforts of the whole crew of the film,” she added.
Bora’s first feature film Baibhab (A Scam in Verse) which was released in 1999, received Jury’s ‘Special Mention’ in the 47th National Film Festival in 2000 and was also named the Best film in Asia at the 6th Dhaka International Film Festival in the same year.
In 2012, her Mishing language flick ‘Ko:Yad’ has won a number of awards including ‘Best Cinematography’ in the national awards.
Source: Bodoland Online 24