Xhoixoboite Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) by writer-director Bidyut Kotoky won the Best Foreign Film Award in the Hollywood International Cinefest 2017. The festival was held at AMC Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles on June 24th and June 25th 2017. It received over 400 submissions and films from America, UK, India, France, China, South Korea, Cambodia and Hong Kong.
Other films that were awarded are After Ever After which won Best Feature, English. Nothing Like the Sun won Best Short, English and Best Screenplay; Maintenance Required won Best Short, Foreign.
Xhoihobote Dhemalite.. (Rainbow Fields) is a sensitive portrayal about children growing up amidst violence, which leaves an indelible mark on their psyche and later influences their destinies. The film is semi-autobiographical in nature, being inspired by true incidents from the director’s life.
‘In this film, I’m talking about Assam as I know her better than any other place. But the story of Xhoihobote Dhemalite could very well have been a story of children in conflict zone from any part of this world…’ said Bidyut.
It stars Victor Banerjee, Dipannita Sharma, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam, Nipon Goswami and Nikumoni Barua amongst others. Camera is by Satya Prakash Rath and editing by Pallavi Kotoky. Original music is by Anurag Saikia. Title track is sung by Nilotpal Bora and Dipakshi Kalita. Amrit Pritam has designed the sound for this film.
‘To share in Bidyut’s overdue international recognition and also participate in an artistic accomplishment related to my beloved land of Assam, makes this one of the proudest moments of my life and career,’ said Victor Banerjee about Xhoihobote Dhemalite winning the Best Foreign Film Award.
The film is produced by ‘India Stories’, a Mumbai based production house founded by Trilok Malhotra and KR Harish and, specializing in both strong Bollywood and regional content, and co-produced by Bidyut’s ‘dhruv creative productions’ and ‘Kurmasana Kreates’, a US based production house founded by Nitesh Batra and Kishor Gokhru. Mukul Gogoi is the associate producer of the film.