GUWAHATI, April 16 - An Assamese music video Goru Bihu Song, directed by Axl Hazarika, has been selected to be officially screened at one of the largest international film festivals in Europe – the 47th Sehsüchte, to be held from April 25 to 29 at the Film University Babelsberg, Konrad Wolf housed at Babelsberg Film Studio, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, producing films since 1912.
The video will be screened on April 28 in the 9 pm to 11 pm slot at Cinema 1. Elated at the response to the video, Hazarika said Goru Bihu Song is an experimental folk fusion music video that captures the essence of Assamese folk Bihu dance and celebration of the spirit of Goru Bihu with cow face paint. “It’s a futuristic imagination of Goru Bihu - assuming a situation when cows won’t be there,” he said.
“What’s more interesting for Assam is that Babelsberg Film Studio houses the UFA Studio where Assam’s legend Jyotiprasad Agarwala learned filmmaking in 1930. It is indeed a great feat for Assam and Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio that after 88 years, a video made at its studio is selected for official screening at the place where Jyotiprasad Agarwala learnt filmmaking, after whom the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio is named,” he further added.
Amassing a whopping one million views on YouTube, the video has been officially selected at over 20 international film festivals.