Award winning documentary filmmaker and philanthropist Roopa Barua from Mumbai is unveiling Project Desh in Rabindra Bhawan, Guwahati on November 3. Project Desh is her dream child- a platform for an ongoing dialogue of the Assamese diaspora for contemporary cultural issues. It is a platform for dialogue of the Assamese diaspora, a cross geographical exchange of ideas. They start their journey with an anthology of five ‘slice of life’ films set in contemporary Assam, with five budding directors. Project Desh was started around a year back. All the movies in the anthology will have a duration of ten minutes.
The five films
The anthology starts with Sagar Saurav’s film ‘Bheku Bhaona.’ Saurav, who hails from Sootea in Sonitpur said, ‘ As I had grown up in Sootea, my film is based on my experience in my native village. The film is basically a satire and I have also tried to maintain the essence of rural life and folklore of Assam.’
Next comes Ajit Giri’s movie ‘Rong’. Giri who hails from Guwahati is an award winning short film maker. Regarding his movie, Giri said, ‘ My story has been told from the point of view of a child. Though the story is simple, I have tried to give a unique treatment to the narrative.’
The next film in the anthology is ‘Chaatak’ made by Srishti Shreyam. She is now living in Delhi and working as a television presenter. She has written short stories in the past. She said that this short film is based on her own short story ‘Antaheen.’
Amrita Goswami, who is studying cinema studies in JNU comes up with ‘Modar’. She says, ‘ In places like Dhubri, illegal migrants from Bangladesh are needed for every small chores. My film is not a political statement on the issue. It rather focuses on the humanitarian bond which exists beyond political boundaries.’
The last movie ‘Red+Yellow’ has been made by Snehankar. Snahankar is working as a journalist with the newspaper Dainik Janambhoomi. This movie is his attempt at surrealism.