Assamese music video ‘Goru Bihu Song’, directed by Axl Hazarika, has been selected to be officially screened at one of the largest international film festivals in Europe – 47th Sehsüchte, which will take place from 25th to 29th of April 2018 at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF housed at Babelsberg Film Studio, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, producing films since 1912. Hundreds of Hollywood blockbuster films, including Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel were filmed there. More recent productions include V for Vendetta, The Pianist, Captain America Civil War, Æon Flux, The Bourne Ultimatum, Valkyrie, Inglourious Basterds, Cloud Atlas, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Hunger Games, etc.
The video will be screened on Saturday, 28th of April, sometime between 9 pm to 11 pm at Cinema 1. Goru Bihu Song is an experimental music video that captures the essence of Assamese folk Bihu dance and celebration of the spirit of Goru Bihu with cow face paint.
Goru Bihu is celebrated on the eve of first day of Assamese calendar month of Bohag (mid-April during the start of spring), a day before Bohag Bihu, the harvest festival of Assam. The video is based on the futuristic imagination of Goru Bihu celebration, away from the homeland, and in the absence of cows amidst a generation of technology-based live music performance. It has amassed more than a whopping million views on YouTube since its release.
The entire video was made with a very small crew and minimal budget at Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio. The direction, editing, post production and music is done by Axl Hazarika with Amrita Sonowal on the vocals. Cinematography is done by Krishna Shah while Ryan Hazarika was the assistant director of the video. Folk dancers include Rishna Hazarika on the lead with Sailen Gogoi’s Bihu team.