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Documentary Film Festival in Kohima

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Nov 4 � The first ever Kohima Documentary Film Festival began at the State Academy Hall in Kohima with the concept of �Education with Illustrations�.

The three-day event, unique venture in the State, is being organized jointly by the Film & Cultural Society of North East (FCSNE) and the Indian Documentary Producers� Association.

Bringing together professionals and amateurs to participate in an event spurring thoughts and reflections, the first day of the festival saw a registration of about 700 film enthusiasts, including students from several educational institutions in the State capital.

Six documentaries were screened on Monday � Nero�s Guest (Deepa Bhatia), Kung Fu Nuns (M Chandramouli), The Wild Meat Trail (Rita Banerjee), Superman of Malegaon (Faiza Ahmed Khan), and two Japan Foundation presentations Setting Sail from the Ruins and Can You See Our Lights? First Festival after the Tsunami. The films are being displayed on a 17x11 feet wide screen.

Director of Art & Culture, Vevo Sapuh, who graced the opening ceremony of the festival as the chief guest, said documentary is an effective tool for education, moulding public opinion, shaping perceptions as well as an excellent medium for sensitizing the populace on socio-cultural, economic concerns and trends.

He said that films were very expensive to develop three decades ago, but a leap in technology has seen to an increase in accessibility and affordability of media technology, leading to a rise in the production documentary films. The official said the festival is a unique initiative as besides the screening of world-class documentaries, it also offers a platform for viewers to interact with those behind the camera and learn something of the process involved in film-making. He lauded the organizers with the inspiring idea and urged upon young people to avail the opportunity.

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