Dimapur, December 5: Glocal International Film Festival is being held at Hotel Japfü Kohima as part of the Hornbill Festival 2019 celebration. The two-day program kicked off today with the screening of much awaited film “Axone.” Short films from around the world- Change of Plan, S-He, Midnight Error, Enemy of the State and others were screened on the first day.
Axone follows a day in the life of a group of Northeasterners in Delhi through a wedding, a feast, a landlord-tenant clash – and in them all, the quintessential Northeastern experience in the big city.
The film premiered at London Film Festival in early October. “We had full houses at the London Film Festival and the Indians there said it resonated with them, because when they first came to London and would cook curry, it would smell and get them into trouble,” said Kharkongor while interacting with the viewers.
The viewers were full of appreciation for the movie, on being asked the possibility of a sequel; Nicholas said “It’s important that the film does well to take up the next chapter because at the end of the day for ‘Bombay’ it’s all about the commercial success”.
It’s carefully thought out not to make it a propaganda when aired in cities like Mumbai and Delhi, added Kharkongor.
“As mainland Indian, we can watch the movie and reflect ourselves because lots of acts which are projected as racist taunts are often done unintentionally, we decided to take up the movie because we like to work with unique projects,” says Akshay from Sare Gama.
Gracing the inaugural program, Minister, Neiba Kronu said “Assam and Manipur have gone ahead in terms of film-making but in everything there is a beginning. Lots of programs are being held these days but the film festival is quiet an interesting one.”
“Through the bioscope people are getting to know us. Movies make us sad, happy and inspire us, but in our context educating us is the most important,” said Kronu.
Director IPR, Limawati said film production can be a lucrative and employment generating activity in the State. Films can project our state and its positive aspects to the world, but most of all tell the story of the nagas to the world.
He expressed appreciation to the Producers Sare Gama for agreeing to a special screening of the much awaited film ‘Axone’ before its release in the theatres.
Minister, Temjen Imma Along; Advisor, Toshi Wungtung; Advisor, Mmhonlumo Kikon and other dignitaries attended the program.
The Film Festival is being organized by the Information & Public Relations, Nagaland in association with Eastern Art Council. (Page News Service)