Imphal: Eight documentary films namely – Haobam Paban Kumar’s Pabung Syam, Phum Shang, 50 Years of Manipuri Cinema, Borun Thokchom’s I Rise, James Khangembam’s Meiram-The Fireline, Maibam Amarjeet Singh’s Highways of Life, Aribam Syam Sharma’s The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh and Ronel Haobam’s Thang-Ta will be screened at the 17th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short Fiction and Animation films (MIFF-2022) organized by the Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India to be held from May 29 to June 4, 2022, in Mumbai.
There is a large participation from Manipur at this prestigious festival which is one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world.
James Khangembam’s debut documentary film- Meiram-The Fireline is among eight films selected in the International Prism section of MIFF 2022. It is a 33-minute documentary film on forest conservation at the Punsilok area of the Langol hills started by Loiya Moirangthem and his group of friends. The film visually touches on the embracing colours of the wild and slices of biodiversity. The film is produced by James Khangembam who also handles the camera.
Haobam Paban Kumar’s Pabung Syam and Borun Thokchom’s- I Rise are two films from Manipur among 67 films selected for the National Competition section of the festival. The 52- Minute documentary- Pabung Syam takes a look at the life and work of the legendary filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma through the eyes of one of his admirers and students. I Rise is a 52-minute Indian documentary film inspired by the real-life saga of a seven-time Asian Championship medalist Laishram Sarita Devi.
The Films Division will pay a special homage to the ace Indian cinematographer Irom Maipak (20 August 1967 – 20 May 2021) who was the only national award-winning cinematographer of Manipur and the founding president of the All Manipur Cinematographers Association. Maipak had worked for more than three decades in the Films and Television industry. Three films namely- Aribam Syam Sharma’s The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh (20 Min), Ronel Haobam’s Thang-Ta (28 Min) and Haobam Paban Kumar’s Phum Shang (52 Min) will be screened on June 1, 2022 at RR-III from 6.00-8.00 pm.
Irom Maipak won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography in the non-feature section for the 2001 film The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh at the 49th National Film Awards held in 2002. The citation for the National Award reads, “For his fascinating style of framing under uncontrolled situations“. He also won the Navroze Contractor Award for the Best Documentary Cinematography in the 8th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2015 for the film Phum Shang.
Maibam Amarjeet Singh’s Highways of Life (52 Min) will be screened on June 1, 2022, at JB Hall at 10.30 am under the Special package: Indian Panorama. Highways of Life is a detailed look at the high-octane lives of Manipur’s highway truckers. Highways 2 and 37 connect this landlocked state to the rest of the world. They are its lifeline. Economic blockades, general strikes, armed extortion, robbery, abduction, killing for ransom, and bad road conditions make the highways a life-threatening terrain for truckers.
Haobam Paban Kumar’s 50 Years of Manipuri Cinema: A Glimpse (15 Min) will be screened on June 2, 2022, at RR III at 4.05 pm under the Special Package: Portraits From The North East. The film is a brief account of Manipuri Cinema in 50 years.