Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow fields) won the Best narrative feature award at 2018 Erie International Film Festival, Pennsylvania
Mumbai, December 23 – As the year is coming to a close, there is yet another good news for Assamese film industry. Assamese film ‘Xhoihobote Dhemalite’ (Rainbow fields) has won the award for the Best Narrative Feature in the recently concluded 2018 Erie International Film Festival (EIFF), Pennsylvania (USA).
On receiving the award, the writer-director Bidyut Kotoky said, “We always believed that in Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) we are making a World Cinema in Assamese Language. This recognition from half way across the globe kind of re-affirms our faith. This continues to reinforce what I always believe- the colour of emotions is same everywhere. Our tears & laughter speaks a universal language that has no respect for manmade geographical boundaries.”
“The subtle message of the futility of mindless violence that has crept into our mischievous political psyches is the understated theme of the film”says the legendary actor Victor Banerjee- who plays a pivotal role in the film- while expressing his happiness.
Since its inception, Erie International Film Festival has set out on a course of establishing a home for independent filmmakers & exhibiting their exceptional works. Celebrating narratives, documentaries, experimental, horror & animation films, EIFF offers the vast diversity of Indie Films as true art form. The festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach broadest possible audience while allowing the general public to experience the power of cinema in the digital age.
In July this year, Xhoixobote Dhemalite (Rainbow Fields) becomes the first Assamese film to be commercially release at US. The film has already won a no of international awards, including Best Film at Hollywood CineFest, 3 awards- including that of the Best Film- in the Love international Film Festival, Los Angeles (California) and Best Script award at Veritas Film Festival, Florida.
Besides Mr. Victor Banerjee, the film stars season actors like Dipannita Sharma, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam, Nipon Goswami and Nikumoni Barua. Inspired by true events and set in the Indian state of Assam in the violent period of the ‘80’s, 'Xhoxobote Dhemalite’ (Rainbow Fields) is a film about children growing up in violent places, witnessing brutality around them and how it affects them deeply, leaving an indelible mark on their growth.
The film is produced by ‘India Stories’, a Mumbai based production house and co-produced by Bidyut’s ‘dhruv creative productions’ and ‘Kurmasana Kreates’, a US based production house. Mr Mukul Gogoi is associate producer of the film. While the film was struggling for the completion fund, convinced by the fact that this story is need to be told, a Dubai based philanthropist Ms Jani Viswanath came in board as an executive producer. She also pledged her earning from the film back to Assam via her NGO ‘Healing Lives’.