“Chanchisoa,” a Garo Film, Competes in Mumbai International Film Festival

Northeast Desk, 17th June: “Chanchisoa,” a poignant Garo film directed by Elvachisa Ch Sangma and Dipankar Das, and produced by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Govt Film & TV Institute, has been selected to compete in the national competition at the 18th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF). This 29-minute film delves into the financial challenges faced by a matrilineal family in the Garo Hills of northeastern India.

Set against the backdrop of the matrilineal society in Garo Hills, the film portrays the mother’s tireless efforts amid unfulfilled aspirations, while the father’s endeavors to improve their circumstances face continuous setbacks. Criticism from the wife’s family strains their relationship further, exacerbating his frustrations. Meanwhile, their son dreams of pursuing education beyond their village.

Director Elvachisa Ch Sangma, rooted in Meghalaya with a background in cinematography, collaborates with Dipankar Das, from North Lakhimpur, Assam, who brings a dedication to exploring innovative cinematic experiences. Together, they bring a profound understanding of regional culture and storytelling to “Chanchisoa.”

The film’s creative team includes Abhijit (cinematographer), Buildingstone, Sangriang, Saptarshi, Rajkumar (editors and sound designers), and contributions from Ramjyoti, C, Ajijul, Elvachisa, Dipankar, Damebanri, Priyanuj, and Doyel in cinematography and editing roles.

MIFF, currently underway in Mumbai, serves as a significant platform for Indian cinema, showcasing films made between January 2022 and December 2023. This year’s edition features 30 debutant director films and 12 student works, highlighting a commitment to fostering emerging talent.

The national competition at MIFF is adjudicated by esteemed national and international film experts, awarding distinctions such as Best Indian Documentary, Short Film, Animation, Best Debut Film, Best Student Film, and a Special Award for Best Short Film on “India in Amrit Kaal.” Winners stand to receive substantial cash prizes and trophies, including the prestigious Silver Conch for Best Indian Documentary (Rs 5 lakh), Best Indian Short Fiction Film (Rs 3 lakh), and Best Indian Animation Film (Rs 3 lakh).

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