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6th Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival under way
Staff Reporter

Participants at the inaugural session of the 6th Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival at the Pragjyoti ITA Machkhowa, Guwahati on Wednesday. – AT Photo
 GUWAHATI, Nov 28 - The 6th Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2018 got under way at the Pragjyoti Cultural Complex at Machkhowa in Guwahati on Wednesday.

Film personalities such as Boman Irani, Shakun Batra, Shanaab Alam, Ronnie Lahiri and many others are taking part in the four-day festival that will culminate on December 1.

The schedule includes film screenings, interactive sessions, panel discussions, film quiz and more.

Many films from across India will be screened at the festival. The opening film of the festival, Spring Thunder, directed by Sriram Dalton, has observed its India premiere at the festival. Dalton and lead actor of the film Ravi Shah addressed the opening day press conference.

Tanushree Hazarika, director of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival, delivered the welcome address.

Spring Thunder showcases the tussle between development and sustainability, in the context of rural India. The film is set around the uranium mining region of erstwhile Bihar (now Jharkhand) and Chhattisgarh, and the crime, money, politics and rage that come associated with it. It showcases over one lakh tribals struggling to save their ‘water, land, and forest’ (jal, jangal and jameen). Dalton, a National Award-winning filmmaker, directed the film with over 200 crew members in three years, during which he had gone to the region to highlight its issues. Renowned composer Lesle Luise has given the music for the film. The film is been made in Hindi but encompasses four regional languages of eastern India, including the ancient tribal language Kuduk.

Over the four days of the event, acclaimed films such as What Will People Say, Devil, Nani Teri Morni, Ralang Road, Rockumentary: Evolution of Indian Rock, Chor (The Bicycle), Endharor Bheta Bhangi...(Breaking the Cocoon), Do Cup Chai, Adi- At The Confluence, The Lost Idea, IYE: The Others will be screened.

Anupam Kaushik Borah's Assamese film Bornodi Bhotiai will be the closing film of the festival.

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