World class documentaries in Kohima festival
KOHIMA, OCTOBER 31
The 1st Kohima Documentary Film Festival, organised by the Guwahati-based Film & Cultural Society of North East in association with Indian Documentary Producers’ Association, and supported by Government of Nagaland, Polish Institute and Japan Foundation, shall be held at the State Academy Hall from November 3 to 5, 2014.
The event, first of its kind in the state, shall see the screening of nearly 20-odd award winning national and international documentaries from all over the world. Filmmakers and resources persons shall also participate in the three day event in person and on Skype from countries like USA, UK, The Netherland, Sri Lanka, and India among others. Besides, creations of documentary film makers from Nagaland shall also be screened during the three day festival
An important part of the festival is a basic camera workshop by national award winning filmmaker Gautam Bora on November 5 at Hotel Japfu. The event is open to 60 participants on a first-come-first serve basis while entry to the film screening is free of cost. Jahnu Barua, winner of 12 national awards and scores of international awards for his creations, shall be present on the last day of the festival to interact with students, young film-makers and documentary enthusiasts.
Each screening in the festival shall be followed by interaction and discussion among participants, directors and invited experts.
Documentaries on human trafficking, traffic snarls, music, media, art, culture, sports, environment and agriculture are some of the broad themes of the festival.
Among those who shall be interacting with the viewers are Academy award nominee Robert Bilheimer, president of Commonwealth Journalist Association and former BBC Asia Editor Rita Payne, Dutch filmmaker and journalist Bregtje Van Dar Haak; UK-based filmmaker Stephan Hilpert, New York-based filmmaker Sherief Elkatsha and Polish filmmaker Malgorzata Skiba, besides top names from the Indian documentary fraternity.