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Manipur documentary bags award in Mumbai Film Fest

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, Dec 7 - A documentary titled I Rise, based on the life of India�s ace boxer Laishram Sarita Devi has bagged the Best Documentary Award in the 9th Mumbai Short International Film Festival (MSIFF) 2020.The result was announced in Mumbai online on Sunday. The 52-minute documentary which was directed and cinematographed by Manipur�s National Award-winning filmmaker Borun Thokchom and is produced by Films Division, Mumbai, was adjudged best among 19 documentaries selected for the competition.

The 19 documentaries consisted of four each from India and Spain, three from the United States, two each from Germany and France, one each from Croatia, Brazil, Hungary and Poland. A total of 392 documentaries from more than 55 countries took part in the festival this year to vie for the awards in different categories. The MSIFF started its progressive cinema movement in 2012 with an aim to showcase work of established and aspiring filmmakers in the form of short films, animations, documentaries and music videos aimed to create short film culture in India.

It also aims to feature great cinema of worldwide filmmakers in a big way and at the same time providing professional networking and introducing current trends of cinema to the participants.

On receiving the Best Documentary Award, young and energetic filmmaker Borun Thokchom said that he was very happy for the recognition.

�I want to give credit to the entire team of I Rise and Sarita�s family for their full cooperation, starting from the beginning of the film,� Borun said.

Sharing a similar feeling, president Meghachandra Kongbam of Film Society Manipur said, �I�m quite happy the film won a prize in an international film festival by competing against 18 films from different countries. I congratulate Borun and his team for bringing laurels to the nation. I also appreciate the Films Division for encouraging our talented filmmakers,� he said.

Borun�s documentary is based on the life of Sarita Devi, a seven-time Asian Championship medallist, and begins with the historic 2014 Asian Games in Incheon where boxer Sarita refused to accept the bronze medal after protesting against the match decision.

In October, I Rise bagged the Best Film on Women�s Outstanding Achievement Award at the Tagore International Film Festival 2020 in West Bengal.

Earlier, Borun�s documentary titled The Silent Poet won national award in 2011.

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