Based in the Majuli island of Assam, Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Sipare (As the River Flows), an Assamese-Hindi film has bagged the Audience Choice Award at the North Carolina Film Festival which was held last month. The film — inspired by the real life story of activist Sanjoy Ghose who was allegedly abducted and killed by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in 1997 — talks about insurgency that people from the region have been subjected to for decades.
Ekhon Nedekha Nadir Sipare stars Victor Banerjee, Sanjay Suri and Bidita Bag and is directed by Bidyut Kotoky. “After the screening of the film during the festival, about 200 people stayed back to discuss insurgency and terrorism. Problems from the Northeast are not easy to understand even for Indians, so I thought it was commendable that an audience in a foreign land was interested in it,” says Kotoky. Produced by the National Film Development Corporation, the film has also been selected for the upcoming 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival — one of the oldest festivals that showcase feature films, documentaries about the Indian subcontinent to be held from May 5 to 10.