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Children Film Fest concludes
Staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, March 20 – The Children Film Fest, 2012, organised by Children’s Film Society, India and the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Assam, in association with the Gauhati Cine Club, concluded at the Rabindra Bhawan today. The two-day festival started on March 19.

 Buoyed by the response of the audience in Guwahati, the organisers have planned to hold the festival at Rangiya and Morigaon also.

“The footfalls on the first day of the festival were very encouraging and all the four shows were houseful. Many people watched the movies sitting in the corridor. More than 2,000 people came to watch the films on the inaugural day of the event,” said Binoy Kumar Kalita, member of the Gauhati Cine Club.

The festival was inaugurated on March 19 by Sushovan Banerjee, Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Film Society, India in the presence of AK Absar Hazarika, president of the Gauhati Cine Club and Madhurima Baruah, Director of Cultural Affairs, Assam.

Halo, a critically-acclaimed and award winning film directed by Santosh Sivan, was the inaugural film of the event. The film revolves around a seven-year-old girl, Sasha (Benaf Dadachandji), who is in quest of her lost puppy.

“Another film Hayat, screened yesterday, was well received by the audience and we got calls this morning for screening the film again. Along with the children, their school teachers and parents also enjoyed watching films on both days of the festival,” Kalita said.

The Iranian film, Hayat, is the story of a 12-year-old girl, Hayat who lives with her family in a village in Iran. She looks forward to appearing in an examination in the village school and prepares hard for it. The night before the examination, her father falls ill and has to be hospitalised. Hayat is upset at having to babysit her infant sister on the most important day of her life.

“This is the first time that the Gauhati Cine Club has associated itself with the event. The Children’s Film Society gave us a list of 16 films, of which we selected eight films for screening. The purpose of the film fest was to create awareness among the children about films so that they could learn something through this powerful mass media,” Ranjit Das, executive member of the cine club, said.

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