Newly released Kokborok Film ‘Yarwng’ (Roots) has brought unprecedented honour to Tripura by being selected to be the Opening Film of the prestigious Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The announcement made by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, Shri Anand Sharma, comes on the heels of another announcement from Mumbai that Yarwng, was awarded the ‘Jury Special Mention Award’ along with the Israeli film ‘Foul Gesture’ by Tzahi Grad at the recently concluded 7th Asian Film Festival, in Mumbai.
The Jury of the Indian Panorama headed by noted filmmaker K.N.T. Shastri selected the 25 Indian films to be showcased at the International Film Festival of India, Goa. The list features latest films by Adoor Gopalakrishnan (Oru Pennum Randaanum) and Girish Kasaravalli (Gulabi Talkies), S. Priyadarshan (Kanachivaram), Suman Mukhopaday (Chaturnaga), Ashutosh Gowariker (Jodha Akbar) and Aamir Khan (Taare Zameen Par).
It is noteworthy that the Opening Film of the section is ‘YARWNG’ (Roots) in “Kokborok” language of Tripura, in which films are rarely made, as the tribal who speak the language virtually have no access to cinema.
The film has also been selected for screening at the forthcoming Kolkata International Film Festival in November.
‘Yarwng’ (Roots) is the second feature film of Don Bosco Sampari Pictures Tripura. The first film, ‘Mathia’ was also in the Indian Panorama of the 35th International Film Festival of India in 2004, besides winning an award in Poland and being screened in many international festivals.
The story of the 95-minute feature film revolves round the large-scale displacement that happened in Tripura when the newly built Dumbur Dam submerged huge areas of arable land in the fertile Raima valley about 30 years ago.
The lead actors of Yarwng are Meena Debbarma, Nirmal Jamatia and Sushil Debbarma. Supporting actors include Jeshmi Debbarma, Bimal Sing Debbarma, Amulya Ratan Jamatia, Surabhi Debbarma, Madan Debbarma, Manohari Jamatia and Rabindra Debbarma.
The technical crew of the film from Trivandrum include cameraman Kannan, Sound Recordist Krishna Kumar and Associate Director Sajiv Pazhoor. The music is by Bikash Roy Debbarma and background score by Abhijit Basu. The film, directed by Joseph Pulinthanath sdb is produced by Fr. KJ Joseph sdb of Don Bosco Sampari Pictures Tripura.