Critically acclaimed filmmaker Utpal Borpujari’s Assamese feature film Ishu has been selected for screening in the New York Indian Film Festival.
The film, based on Assamese writer Monikuntala Bhattacharya’s novel with the same title, will be screened at the festival on May 12.
The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is the oldest, most prestigious film festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about the Indian subcontinent in the Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres.
The issue of witch-hunting has been portrayed from a boy’s perspective in the children’s film, Ishu.
Produced by the Children’s Film Society India (CFSI), the film has already been screened at various film festivals across the world.
The film critic-turned-director of Assam, who had also worked as a journalist for many years, has so far made five documentaries, Mayong: Myth/Reality, Songs of the Blue Hills, Soccer Queens of Rani, Memories of a Forgotten War and For a Durbar of the People.
Borpujari is one of the prominent film critics from Assam who bagged the National Award in 2002.