Assamese short film ‘Xogun’ (Vulture), directed & scripted by Utpal Borpujari has been selected to the International Children’s Rights Film Festival (ICRFF), to be held in Izmir city of Turkey.
The short film is adapted from an acclaimed short story by noted writer-journalist Manoj Kumar Goswami,
The festival, organized annually to create awareness about children’s rights by the Children’s Rights Culture and Art Association, will be held on November 12-20 in the historic coastal city of Turkey.
Produced by Guwahati-based socio-cultural organisation IFT India, ‘Xogun’ has earlier been screened at several prestigious short film festivals, such as the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival, 14th Signs Festival (Thiruvananthapuram), New York Indian Film Festival and Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (USA).
It has also been selected to the forthcoming 4th South Asian Short Film Festival (Kolkata) and Koutik International Film Festival (Uttarakhand).
Earlier, ‘Xagun’ won the best film award at the 13th International Guwahati Film Festival and an honorable mention at the Kashmir International Film & Cultural Festival, and was nominated for the best film at the 5th Chalachitram National Film Festival, Guwahati.
Filmed in the Agia area of Goalpara with the support of Badunduppa Kala Kendra, the film, like the original story, takes a critical and hard look at certain aspects of modern-day journalistic practices in a powerful way.
The cast of the film includes veterans like Sanjeev Hazorika and Dhananjay Nath, along with young talents like Rimjhim Deka and Ankit Shandilya and child actors Kapil Garo (of “Ishu” fame), Anurag Rabha, Phanibhushan Rabha and Ashish Rabha.
The crew comprises Basanta Kumar Borthakur (executive producer), Chida Bora (cinematography), Umesh Kumar (editor), Amrit Pritam Dutta (sound design, editing & mixing), Anurag Saikia (music), Debajit Gayan (production sound mixer) and Ghanashyam Kalita (colorist & chief asst director).
The other members of the crew are Dipika Deka (asst director), Madan Rabha (art) and Homen Borah (production manager). The line production was done by 92X26 Films.
The poster of the film has been designed by Samudra Kajal Saikia.