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ISHU
2017 | India | 91 mins | Assamese (with English subtitles)
Directed by - Utpal Borpujari
Cast - Kapil Garo, Tonthoingambi Leishangthem Devi, Dipika Deka and Bishnu Kharghoria

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Winner: National Film Awards 2018 - Best Assamese Film

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mf7gLpg9qc

Synopsis: Happy-go-lucky Ishu’s world in a remote, tribal village in Assam, Northeastern India, revolves around his friends or Bhalu, his pet puppy. His days are spent with them, and with his favourite Ambika “Jethi” (aunt) . But one day, this happy world of Ishu turns topsy turvy as the village “Bej” (quack), in a conspiracy hatched with Ishu’s another Jethi Bhadreswari, declares Ambika as a witch. Beaten up by the mob and her house burnt down, Ambika vanishes, and no one seems to know where she is. Will Ishu be able to find her? What happened to Ambika?

Director: An M.Tech in Applied Geology from IIT-Roorkee, Utpal Borpujari won the Swarna Kamal for Best Film Critic at the 50th National Film Awards of India in 2003. As a professional journalist, apart from cinema, he has written extensively on politics, society, culture, literature, etc., while working with some of India’s top media houses. Since 2010, when he decided to turn a filmmaker, he has made several acclaimed documentary films that have been screened across the world in various film festivals. Among them are “Mayong: Myth/Reality” (2012), “Songs of the Blue Hills” (2013), “Soccer Queens of Rani” and “Memories of a Forgotten War” (2016). Borpujari has also served in international film juries as an erstwhile member of the International Federation of Film Critics, apart from having served on juries for National Film Awards and Indian Panorama. He has also curated films as well as served as a consultant for the Northeastern sections in the International Film Festival of India as well as various other film festivals. “Ishu” is his debut fiction feature.

Festival selections: 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival, November, 2017 (Best Director and Best Film Nominations); Canada Kids Film Festival, Toronto, 2017; 3rd Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY), New Delhi, 2017; International Children Film Festival Bangladesh (International Competition) January 2018; 7th Kolkata International Children’s Film Festival, January, 2018; 10th Bengaluru International Film Festival, February 2018 (Special Jury Award in Indian Competition; Toulouse Indian Film Festival, France, (to be held in April 2018).

Social Media Handles: http://www.cfsindia.org, https://www.facebook.com/ISHU-156039948294661/

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