SHILLONG, Feb 27: Shillong will witness a number of film screenings as the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) descends on the NEHU campus come March 1 next.
‘The Little Terrorist’ and ‘Fireflies in the Abyss’ will be among the 19 award winning films to be screened in the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) which will be held for the first time in the state capital from March 1-3.
The Little Terrorist is an Oscar nominated film directed by Ashvin Kumar. The film is about a twelve year old Pakistani Muslim Boy who mistakenly crosses the border into India and finds a Hindu school teacher who must find a way of hiding him from Indian soldiers looking for the ‘terrorist’ who crossed over.
Directed by Chandrasekhar Reddy, the Fireflies in the Abyss is about the rat-hole mines in Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya widely regarded as a hostile working environment where men and boys risk their lives on a daily basis in search of coal while burrowing into narrow tunnels, armed with nothing more than a pickaxe and a torch.
Organized by the Films Division, Government of India, the three-day non competitive documentary, short and animation Film Festival will be held at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Old Guest House Auditorium.
“The film festival is an effort at expanding the horizons of knowledge among the students of NEHU as well as inspiring the people visiting the festival,” Films Division senior branch manager Sumar Mukherjee said here on Monday.
Stating it is also at the same time aiming at inspiring budding film makers from Meghalaya, he said, “We want state to come up with more documentary and film making.”
He said, the MIFF in Meghalaya will showcase some of the finest cinematic works realized in the past few years throughout the world.
Films will be shown from countries like Romania, UK, Australia and India, he added.
The other award winning films include All and the Ball (Australia), Music in the Blood (Romania), The Elephant Boy (UK/India) and The Lost Home (India).