Sunday, February 24, 2008

MIFF 2008

MIFF 2008: India tops the list of woman directors
Mumbai, February 07, 2008,Hindustantimes
Aneisha Sharma from Guwahati had started her career as child artiste in Assamese films in 1982 and has produced and directed 30 documentaries so far.
One of them, "Freedom at the Edge" was adjudged as the Special Best Documentary at the Boston International Film Festival in 2007. She has entered this documentary in the national documentary category at the MIFF 2008.
It is about a tribal youth from Assam, Machang Lalung, who was sentenced to prison for an unknown offence in 1951.
He was later shifted to the Tezpur Mental Hospital, where he remained confined for 54 years without trial until the Indian Human Rights Commission rescued him. The documentary had also received the Kerala State Award for Best Documentary in 2007.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Freedom film

Freedom film
Guwahati-based feature and documentary filmmaker Aneisha Sharma’s short film, Freedom at the Edge, is bagging honours in the country and abroad. The short film was adjudged the best film at the Chennai International Short Film Festival, among 90 others selected from 15 countries.
It depicts the life of Machal Lalung, the man who spent 54 years in the Tezpur mental asylum before he was reunited with his family after the intervention of the National Human Rights organisation.
After winning rave reviews at the Boston Film Festival, Freedom at the Edge also won accolades at the recently concluded Mumbai Film Festival.
The Singapore International Film Festival, to be held in April, is next. “I am happy that the film has been well received wherever it was screened, because of its touching theme,” said Sharma.