Recently, a short film by the name of ‘Phenomenal Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World’ was screened at the Vajra Cinema Hall in Gangtok, Sikkim.
The film is based on the life of Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai and has been made by the efforts of young students of Neil Tara Academy (NTA), Gangtok, and produced by a 12-year-old girl Asmita Tamang.
The event was also attended by Lepcha film ‘Dhokbu’ cinematographer Takzen Lepcha.
The 37-minute-film has been produced under the initiative of the ‘Chivalrous Club’ of the school. ‘Last year the students of the club had performed the play, which got a positive response from the audience. I had promised the students to help them convert the play into a film. The members of the club met with Dhokbu cinematographer Takzen Lepcha who instantly approved to help them shoot the film,’ said NTA vice-principal Navraj Tiwari.
The school aims at taking the actors of the film to meet Malala in London and also organize a special screening there. The film was shot within a week during September-October, 2017, and the post production was done in a month’s time.
‘As music legend AR Rahman during his recent visit to Red Panda Winter Carnival stated “the world needs to know about Sikkim”, the world will come to know about Sikkim and Phenomenal Malala will be the first short film from the state to be premiered in London,’ Tiwari added.
The protagonist of the film Kalima Pradhan said the motivation and teamwork of the team urged them to complete the film.