Imphal: Haobam Paban Kumar’s second feature- Nine Hills One Valley (2020) has been travelling in the international film festival circuit after it had its world premiere at the 16th edition of Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2021 held from November 27 to December 4 at Yogyakarta in Indonesia.
The film was screened in the India Gold section of the 22nd Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2022 held in February. It participated in the 1st International Tribal Film Festival (ITFF) 2022 held in March in Arunachal Pradesh. It also entered the 17th International Film Festival Thrissur (25 Mar – 7 April 2022) Kerala for FIPRESCI-India prize and the competition section of the Asian Select Category of the 27th Kolkata International Film Festival 2022 in April in Kolkata.
Recently, Nine Hills One Valley was selected among the top 10 Indian Films of 2021 Nominated for Fipresci-India Grand-Prix-2021. IMDb (Internet Movie Database) also uploaded the Top- 10 Indian Films of 2021 in its website.
Then, the film will travel to Canada for the Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards 2022 to be held from June 14 to 18 in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. In this 5th edition of Ottawa Festival, Nine Hills One Valley will be in the competition section with other 11 films.
Haobam Paban Kumar’s Nine Hills One Valley which evokes the futility and barbarism of ethnic conflict through the journey of a Tangkhul man travelling to Imphal City, is up against; Raajhorshee De’s Abbar Kanchanjangha; Abhilash Shetty’s The Chicken Curry (Koli Taal); Sagar Puranik’s Dollu; Tara Ramanujan’s debut Forbidden (Nishiddho); Life is Suffering. Death is Salvation. by Arvind Pratap; Mahananda from popular filmmaker Arindam Silis; Mehul Agaja’s Niwaas; The Road to Kuthriyarby Bharat Mirle; Chittaranjan Giri’s The Space (Awakash); A Vicious Circle (Vartul) by Shirkant Mukund Choudhari and Atal Krishnan’s Woman with a Movie Camerafor the honour..
Haobam Paban Kumar is one of the leading independent filmmaker of India who was honoured with the title- Legend of Indian Cinema by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India in the 50th International film festival of India 2019.