New York, May 5, 2019:
Great news for cinema enthusiasts of Assam as two of its brightest shining beacons Rima Das and Jahnu Barua have been nominated for best the director award at the New York Indian film festival 2019 for ‘Bulbul can Sing’ and ‘Bhoga Khirikee’ (Broken Window), respectively.
Four Assamese films are being screened at the festival which will be held from May 7 to 12. These are: Bulbul Can Sing by Rima Das, Bhoga Khidikee (Broken Window) by Jahnu Barua, Aamis by Bhaskar Hazarika and Daughters of the Polo God, a documentary by Roopa Barua.
‘Bulbul’ has already made its presence felt across the world and narrates the story of Bulbul, a teenaged student, who grows up in a rural setting. While she is on the verge of discovering her teen life, a tragedy strikes her best friend.
Meanwhile, “Gantumoote,” an intense coming-of-age story set in the 1990s, has been nominated for the best screenplay at the New York Indian Film Festival 2019.
The festival, dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, will show a variety of films (29 narrative, three documentary and 32 short films).
The NYIFF has been the go-to festival to watch South Asian diaspora films that have not been screened in New York.
Presented by the Indo-American Arts Council, the New York Indian Film Festival screens feature, documentary and short films of India to give a view of Indian life to the people residing in America.
It may be mentioned that Das’ first film ‘Village Rockstars’ wowed audiences worldwide and was India’s official entry for the ‘Best Foreign Film’ category at the Oscars.