Premiere of the three-day campus festival at Patkai Christian College
Morung Express News
Patkai | November 1st
The scenario of the film industry in Nagaland is still in its infancy; However, it is very encouraging to see the emergence of many talented Naga filmmakers, noted Dimapur, Niuland and Chümoukedima District Public Relations Officer (DPRO) Lolano Patton on Tuesday.
The documentaries and short fiction films by these filmmakers are getting noticed around the world, she said, addressing the opening session of the “3-day Campus Festival 2.0” that “premièred” here today at Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) as the guest of honor.
Themed “Exploring the World of Cinematic Realism”, the festival is organized by the 3rd year students of the PCC Department of Multimedia and Mass Communications (DMMC) in cooperation with the Film Association of Nagaland.
Patton further noted that cinema is an extremely powerful medium because it reaches a wider audience, and that films that contain an element of social messaging have a stronger connection with audiences and can spark social change.
Accordingly, she said that there are many interesting stories worth telling about Nagaland, which impressed the aspiring filmmakers and the students for exploring the “unexplored Nagaland”.
This can be achieved by focusing on rich Naga culture and traditions, close-knit strong community ties, community fishing and other activities, harvesting and so on, she pointed out.
Such stories would have cinematic realism with touches of creativity and proper research, she added.
“We sit on the lap of nature with abundant beauty and cultural diversity, for which even people from abroad come to Nagaland to film stories, believing they will get unique stories,” DPRO said.
To capitalize on the younger generation’s keen interest in filmmaking, she also shared that the Information and Publicity Department is the node department of films for Nagaland and has also organized 3 film festivals since 2018.
For the film industry, however, it is not the funding agency, but only the funding department, she clarified.
Sometimes the department gives a small amount of support to local filmmakers by running commissioned programs, she added.
Opportunity to reflect and ponder
The festival’s other special guest, Metevinuo Sakhrie, Joint Director, IEC, Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS), remarked that a film festival is a great platform to not only enjoy the art of storytelling, but also an opportunity for reflection and reflect on important issues and concerns.
She further shared that NSACS, under the auspices of National AIDS Control Organization, organizes the online short film competition among youth of Nagaland state since 2020 for three consecutive years under the theme “Knowledge is Bliss”.
The main goal of the competition is to use the power of the audiovisual medium combined with the creativity of young minds to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, Sakhrie said, adding that it is also meant to encourage a public dialogue about the Threats of HIV and unsafe to initiate sexual practices.
We at NSACS are very pleased that students from the DMMC of the PCC actively participated in all three editions of the competition and won in different categories,” she added.
Over the three years, we’ve seen brilliant and innovative contributions from across the state, and it’s so encouraging to see young people coming forward and finding innovative ways to openly address such concerns through the art of filmmaking, she said.
In her admonition, PCC Vice President Angel Sonari said that Patkai’s youngest “child” – DMMC – has grown into one of the most dynamic and vibrant departments in a short period of time, and praised the faculty and students.
However, she noted that the dynamics reflected may also result from the fact that the field of study itself is a rapidly evolving medium and requires this energy by default.
“In short, you’re in a creative field where the old adage ‘The only constant in life is change’ fits best and professionalism and honing skills and know-how become indispensable traits,” she said.
Since you’ll be competing with the best in the field, she advised that you should seek and cultivate both of these traits early on to keep your passion interesting and relevant. “It also calls for a hunger for learning, unlearning and relearning and the development of strong communication skills.”
Meanwhile, Sonari also stressed that since journalism is considered “history’s first rough draft” – with integrity, impartiality and verification as the guiding principles and with a belief that it is, every student has an essential moral responsibility to document this boldly and ethically a valuable service to society and democracy.
Tell stories from everyday life
Introducing the three-day event, festival director Yanphantsu T Kikon informed that the theme is “Exploring the World of Cinematic Realism” to examine how cinema has built a strong influence over the years in recreating the smallest details of everyday life and to present to the world.
“Through this festival we want to explore the impact and use of films as a medium for telling stories from everyday life and to understand the concept of reality as a reflection of our lives,” he remarked.
It is also intended to question the possibility of reality as art and to infer that reality is an artistic medium, either in writing, photography or film, he added.
Kikon said that over the next 3 days, 20 films will be screened mainly by Northeastern filmmakers, including some award-winning films.
The Film Association of Nagaland helped us curate it, he added. He also recognized the leadership of the faculty and the teamwork of the students in making the festival possible.
The three-day festival was officially declared open by Sakhrie at the end of the opening session.
A preview of some films/documentaries scheduled for screening
The second edition of the 3-day campus festival at Patkai Christian College kicked off on November 1st with a film titled Look At The Sky, which is quite timely for Nagaland.
The film tells the story of a man who was expelled from his village for not supporting the village candidate in the elections. It’s a story about courage and standing up for rights and how such actions can leave a lasting mark.
The Morung Express presents a preview of some films/documentaries from the North East to be shown over the next two days.
FOREVER AND EVER
(Duration 8:26 mts) Wednesday – 17:36 hrs
Based on a true story of a family whose life takes a different turn during the pandemic. Even in the strangest of times, the story tells how attitude towards life keeps you going.
(Duration 27:07) Wednesday –18:11
Jhum, or shifting cultivation, was an integral part of the Naga way of life, which is now considered ecologically non-viable. In 2010, Longra, a small progressive village of Chang tribe in Tuensang District, Nagaland, decided to take a different path…
UP DOWN & SIDES
(Duration 1h 23m) Thursday- 3pm
An extraordinary musical portrait of a rice farmer in Phek. It takes viewers through the joy and connection that comes from working together in the fields, and captures the connection between music, community and food production.
ACHOUBI IN LOVE
(Duration 29:15 mts) Thursday – 17:00
The story of Achoubi and her love for the endangered Manipur ponis. She fights passionately to save her vulnerable ones. beings before the end. She finds extraordinary strength and happiness in being with and caring for them, creating an incredible universe of animal affection and kindness.
(Duration: 10:09 p.m.) Thursday: 6:37 p.m
A meta-narrative of Mizoram through sound and at the same time a great narration of Khuang.