Manipur : Filmmaker Paban Kumar’s 2nd Narrative Feature “Nine Hills One Valley” To Premiere At Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2021

Haobam Paban Kumar's feature film "Nine Hills One Valley" poster


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Manipur-based filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar’s second feature film in Manipuri & Tangkhul languages “Nine Hills One Valley” is all set to be premiered at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2021 in Indonesia.

Selected among 17 Asian films, Nine Hills One Valley will be screened in Asia Perspectives of the 16th edition of the Asian Film Festival.

A 8-day long film festival, the event will commence from November 27.

Nine Hills One Valley revolves around the story of a Tangkhul Naga from the hills, Anam Ahum who travels to the state capital Imphal in order to meet his daughter before she leaves for New Delhi in search of a job.

During the course of this journey, he encounters different people and listens to their stories, making us realize the brutality of ethnic conflicts.

“The desire for ethnic supremacy and emergence of politics of identity had put the people to unceasing violence, amplifying further mistrust and animosity amongst its population. Yet, in the face of distressing memories, hope thrives. My film is a testimony of the brutishness of ethnic clash heard from the victims.” – asserted the director Paban about his second feature film.

Haobam Paban Kumar is a four-times national film awardee, and seven of his films were selected in the Indian Panorama of International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

A bilingual Manipuri film written and directed by Haobam Paban Kumar, the movie has been was among 19 feature films selected for Film Bazaar Recommends (FBR) section of the Film Bazaar 2020 – an event organized by the National Film Development Corporation Limited under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in 2020, the feature film is produced by Warepam Jhansirani and Haobam Paban Kumar for Oli Pictures.

However, the National Film Awardee – Irom Maipak & Ranjan Palit are cameramen; sound is done by Sukanta Majumdar; editing by Sankha; and story, screenplay and direction by Haobam Paban Kumar.