Statesman News Service
Guwahati, 14 November
The forthcoming Indian international film festival (IFFI), to be launched from 20 November in Goa, will witness a specially curated section showcasing 19 award wining movies from northeast India. The package from the alienated region of the country is expected to ‘explore the immense ethnic, traditional and cultural diversity in the eight states of the north-east,’ said the organisers of the 44th international film festival of India scheduled for 20 to 30 November next.
The northeast package  includes acclaimed films directed by some outstanding film makers like Dr Bhupen Hazarika,  Dr Bhabendra Nath Sakia, Jahnu Barua, Aribam Syam Sharma, Gautam Bora, Manju Borah, Jwngdao Bodosa and others, which would find place in the 10-day festival which would screen altogether 200 films representing 48 countries.
Organised by the IFFI secretariat under the aegis of Indian information & broadcasting ministry in collaboration with the Goa government, the festival brings cinema from across the world to the country and tries to present a boutique of contemporary and classic cinema through screening, academic discussion and cultural exchange programmes.
“The festival will be attended by Academy award-winning Hollywood actor, Susan Sarandon, critically acclaimed Iranian film maker Majid Majidi, Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, along with luminaries from Indian cinema including actor Rekha and legendary singer Asha Bhosle,” said an official statement of the organisers.
“It&’s an honour for all of us to represent our region in the festival, which is today recognised as one of the important film festivals in the world. We have a different story to tell to the world through our film works, which may not be similar to mainstream Indian movies,” said Manju Borah, whose first full-length feature film titled Baibhav A Scam in Verse will be screened in the festival.
The other films from Assam, selected for screening in Goa, include Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Aru Joymoti by the legendary musician and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee Bhupen Hazarika, Agnisnaan by Assamese writer turned director BN Sakia,  Papori by  film maker Jahnu Barua,  Wosobipo by Gautam Bora, Hgramayo Jinahari by Jwngdao Bodosa, Aideu by Arup Manna