Award winning Kokborok film YARWNG (roots) by Sampari Pictures from Tripura will be screened at the 44th IFFI (International Film Festival of India) Goa, Monday 25th November 2013 from 9.30 am at MAQUINEZ PALACE -I in the FOCUS: North East Cinema section of the festival.
The film’s leading lady Miss Meena Debbarma and National Film Award (2010) winner director of the film Salesian Fr Joseph Pulinthanath are special invitees at the festival in Goa. Earlier, YARWNG was honoured as the opening film at the IFFI Goa 2009.
Made in Kokborok, a tribal language of Tripura, the 95-minute film highlights the sense of alienation of the displaced and their heroism and endurance even when the ground beneath their feet is swept away by the winds of change. Directed and scripted by Father Joseph Pulinthanath, ‘Yarwng,’ a love story, is set against the construction of a dam that submerges fertile land inhabited by the tribals.
Well-etched characters in the film throw light on how the loss of their land impact upon the cultural, social and economic structures that shape their lives.
Produced by Father Joseph Kizhakkechendu, a member of the Don Bosco Society, and filmed by a crew from Kerala and West Bengal, the film’s selection has come as a shot in the arm for activists of the Kokborok language.