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Axone movie screened at Glocal International Film Festival

Axone movie screened at Glocal International Film Festival
December 06
11:45 2019

NET Bureau

The much anticipated and acclaimed movie Axone was screened during the inaugural day of the Glocal International Film Festival held as part of the Hornbill Festival 2019 at Hotel Japfü in Kohima on Thursday.

“Axone” is based on the life of a group of Northeastern people in Delhi through a wedding, a feast, a landlord-tenant clash — and in them all, the quintessential Northeastern experience in the big city.

The movie by Nicholas Kharkongor depicted racism, unrequited love, displacement, alienation and various other themes.

Axone movie director, Nicholas Kharkongor speaking on the occasion said the movie screening was a ‘big homecoming’ for him which was donefrom the place where “Axone” was made. To this, director added he and his team felt the need for the movie to be screened in Nagaland before its official release considering that it is the home of “Axone”.

He also said the film got positive response when it was premiered in London Film Festival in October and at the India’s biggest film festival, Mumbai Film Festival.

“Axone is the first Hindi Film with a Northeast theme and Northeast actors, which is something I feel very proud of. All of us should be very proud of”, said the director.

“As mainland Indian, we can watch the movie and reflect ourselves because lots of acts which are projected as racist taunts are often done unintentionally, we decided to take up the movie because we like to work with unique projects,” says Akshay from Sare Gama.

Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue & Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu inaugurated the Film Festival. Addressing the inaugural session, he said the film industry is something ‘new’ to the Nagas and at the initial stage, he added the festival was one of the few significant and new initiatives for the state. He also hoped that people will come to know about rich culture of the Nagas globally through films.

DIPR director, Limawati Ao in his welcome address said films can project the state and its positive aspects to the world while also promote tourism and generate employment to the skilled and educated youth. The director also acknowledged Kharkongor for his presence and efforts in screening the movie.

The two day film festival is being organised by Information & Public Relations, Nagaland in association with Eastern Art Council.

The second day festival will begin at 11 a.m. which will screen short films from the North East region, the second session will begin at 12:30 p.m. which will screen films from around the world. At 1:30 p.m., films from Myanmar will be screened. At 2:15 p.m. the Battle of Kohima will screened. The concluding day (Friday) will witness screening of ‘Axone’ film again to mark the culmimnation of the festival.

Source: Nagaland Post

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