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‘Fragrances from NE’ film fest opens in Delhi today
 IMPHAL, Aug 20 - Manipuri feature film Pallepfam (2014) directed & produced by Wanglen Khundongbam will be the inaugural film at the three-day festival of cinema from North East India at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi from August 21 to 23. ‘Pallepfam’ is Wanglen’s debut film.

 The Directorate of Film Festivals under the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, for the second time, is organising “Fragrances from the North East”, a festival of cinema, according to a report from Manipur Information Centre Delhi.

The festival will have a special flavour with a retrospective of movie maestro Aribam Syam Sharma from Manipur. Six films including two feature films – India’s first Grand Prix of Nantes winning film Imagi Ningthem (1981) and Ishanou (1990) – the official selection of Cannes in 1991 and four non-feature films namely Orchids of Manipur, The Deer on The Lake, Indigenous Games of Manipur and Yelhou Jagoi will be screened in the retrospective.

The film screenings will be supplemented by cultural programmes, exhibitions of handicrafts and books, food stalls, etc., during the festival.

Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Col Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd) will inaugurate the festival on August 21. Some leading film personalities from the region are expected to join the celebration.

Apart from the retrospective, the film Ko:Yad by eminent film maker Manju Borah will be showcased. While Tribeny Rai’s films Yathawat and Last Rites from Sikkim will be presented, Kokborok film – Maithya directed by Joseph Pulinthanath and Sherdukpen film – Crossing Bridges by Sanga Dorjee Thongdok will give a glimpse of Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.

A bouquet of shorts from Meghalaya – Karyukai and Rong Kuchak directed by Domnic Sangma and from Nagaland – Honey Hunter And The Maker directed by Tiainla Jamir and Story of a House directed by Sesino Yhoshu and Sophy Lasuh will be presented.

The festival will close with a Hindi film – Aisa Yeh Jahaan (2015) written and directed by Biswajeet Bora from Assam and produced by Maya Kholie from Arunachal Pradesh on August 23.

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