The 5th edition of the Woodpecker International Film Festival (WIFF) will be held from November 9th to 12th at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. The four day festival will screen 76 films.
‘This year, the theme of the festival is “YOUR Stories, OUR Stories” and we will be screening films on issues that touches everyone’s life. Our festival’s vision is to showcase films that promote discussions, expand expectations, challenge attitudes and help in changing lives. We are constantly experimenting to promote issue-based cinema globally and explore the power of storytelling through films to create a better world,’ says Founder-Director Rao Narender Yadav
The NE films that will be screened as part of the festival are Memories of a Forgotten War directed by Utpal Borpujari, Chinese Whispers by Charu Shree Roy, Jahbara by Rinaldi Kharbani and Haanduk by Jaicheng Jai Dohutia.
Memories of a Forgotten War seeks to tell the tales of valour of young soldiers, and local peoples who participated or witnessed the battles of World War II in Manipur and Nagaland. Chinese Whispers focuses on the story of Gaigongmei from Manipur. Her father is transferred and she joins a new school in a city far from home. For the students, Gai is an object of interest. Instead of trying to get to know her, they indulge in stereotyping her on the basis of her looks, region and culture. Jahbara brings forth the story of how people of Umjong village still preserve the unique tradition of ploughing. In Haanduk, Heramoni, mother of untraced extremist Mukti, whose last rites she had performed receives intimation that his death cannot be confirmed and doesn’t know how to respond. While Biplob, who left the outfit and is unable to be part of the mainstream surrendered rebels, faces his own problems of existence.
Source: eclectic Northeast