Subimal Bhattacharjee, who had produced director Utpal Borpujari’s documentary Memories Of A Forgotten War, is coming up with a new short documentary film named In Spite Of The Fence. The film is based on a village called Mahadevpur part 3 Katigorah block of Assam’s Cachar district.
The film shows the life around the village that was divided into two parts. It was when a border fence was erected between India and Bangladesh in that region.
A few years ago, after going through a news report about the plight of the villagers, Bhattacharjee, who has produced and directed the film, visited and interacted with the villagers. He then made up his mind to make a short film on the village, says an IANS report.
“In Spite Of The Fence is a short documentary that covers the life of villagers in a remote corner of Assam where the village has been divided in the India-Bangladesh fence constructed in 2011,” said Bhattacharjee.
“It was very touching to see the villagers including many relatives whose houses went on either side of the fence and so, I did the film to show their situation. Those on the other side of the fence became time-bound. The entry and exit were with identification. Despite being Indians, they are made to feel like foreigners,” he added.
The documentary also shows the role of the Border Security Force. Apart from the contribution of the villagers, folk singer Bikramjit Baulia also lent his voice to the project. The editing work was done in Delhi under the guidance of Tarun Bhikonde.
The film will release on September 20.