Khasi film, ‘Iewduh’ has won the Kim Ji-seok Award at the 24th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. The film also had its world premiere at the BIFF. Iewduh is the first film from Meghalaya to enter the BIFF, which is an important destination for Asian filmmakers.
Producer of the film, Shankar Lal Goenka shared, ‘This is a very important day of my life. Getting recognition at an international event like BIFF is very precious. This will encourage me to make good films.’ On making a film in Khasi language, the two-time national award winning filmmaker Goenka said, ‘I was born and brought up in Shillong, which is my hometown. Through films, I want to give it back to the society and the people of Meghalaya. That is the reason I made Iewduh.’
Director Pradip Kurbah dedicated the Kim Ji-seok Award to the people of Meghalaya and thanked Goenka for producing the film. Iewduh, also known as Barabazar, is one of the oldest and largest daily markets in Shillong. The film talks about the daily lives of the people in the market.
The film, made under the banner of Shiven Arts, will premiere in India at the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival later this month. It has also been selected for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, and will be commercially released in November across the Northeast and other parts of the country.