We all like getting comfortable on the sofa and binge-watch when the weekend arrives. If you are wondering what you should watch this weekend then we have the perfect list of films on the Northeast that are entertaining and relatable.
III Smoking Barrels
Sanjib Dey’s debut film, III Smoking Barrels, is an anthology of three stories from Northeast India, which depicts the socio-political scenario of the region. III Smoking Barrels was the official selection in the International Competition section at the 66th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg.
The multilingual film inspired by true events, made its India premiere at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The film was filmed over a period of two years set in various politically sensitive locations in the Northeast India with technicians from Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland, and other parts of the country.
Village Rockstars is an 80-minute Assamese drama directed by Rima Das. She shot the film almost single-handedly. She did everything but star in the film. After the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Village Rockstars won the Best Indian Film award and two other prizes at the Mumbai Film Festival. It was screened at many national and international film festivals. It won the Best Feature Film ‘Swarna Kamal’ award at the 65th National Film Awards.
Village Rockstars tells the story of a girl, Dhunu, who has grown up in deprivation. While her mother struggles to make ends meet, Dhunnu dreams of owning an electric guitar and forming a rock band in a flood-ravaged village in Assam.
Nana – A Tale of Us
Nana – A Tale of Us is a Nagamese-language drama film directed by Dreamz Unlimited founder Tiakumzuk Aier. Set in the backdrop of a corruption-ridden society and the need for clean election in Nagaland, this 1-hour 40-minute film became the most expensive Naga film to be produced with a budget of Rs 25 lakh. Upon its release, the film achieved critical and commercial success in the State. It made a grand international debut at the 2nd Edinburgh Festival of Indian Films and Documentaries (EDIFD).
Bhaskar Hazarika’s ‘Kothanodi’ (The River of Fables, 2015) became the first Assamese film to be successfully crowdfunded by Wishberry. It won the Asian Cinema Fund’s Post Production Fund Award for 2015, and was first screened at the 20th Busan International Film Festival.
Based on four folktales penned by Lakshminath Bezbaruah, the film went on to win the National Award for Best Assamese Film in 2016. The film was premiered in Assam in Majuli, where most of its principal photography was completed.
By Priya Bargayary