Assamese film wins 3 top awards at US fest
Assamese film "Xhoixobote Dhemalite" ("Rainbow Fields") today bagged three top awards at the 3rd Love International Film Festival held in Los Angeles, a sprawling Southern California city, including best movie.
Besides the best film, it also won the awards for best actress (Dipannita Sharma) and best music (Anurag Saikia) at the festival, where more than 150 films from 36 countries participated.
'Xhoixobote Dhemalite' is a film set in the 1980's Assam
The film, directed by Bidyut Kotoky, deals with the sensitive issue of Assam children growing up in violent times and witnessing brutality around them.
Based on true events, the film also features seasoned actors like Victor Banerjee, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam, Nipon Goswami, and Nikumoni Barua.
The film is produced by "India Stories" and co-produced by Kotoky's Dhruv Creative Productions and US-based Kurmasana Kreates.
The winning speech by the director of the movie
Receiving the award, Kotoky said, "In 'Xhoixobote Dhemalite', we always believe that we are making a world cinema in Assamese language. Our emotions respect no geographical barriers, we don't need a language to laugh or cry. Thank you Love International Film Festival for re-affirming our faith."
Earlier in the day, "Xhoixobote Dhemalite" arguably became the first Assamese film to be commercially-released in the US.
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Kotoky struggled for funds for the film's completion
Kotoky says while he was struggling for funds for the film's completion, Dubai-based philanthropist Jani Viswanath came on board as an executive producer and also pledged her earning from the film back to Assam via her NGO Healing Lives.
Dhruv Creative Productions
Love International Film Festival
NGO Healing Lives
US-based Kurmasana Kreates