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Sat, 24 Aug 2019

Northeast Today

Roopa Barua’s ‘Daughters of the Polo God’ Wins Best Documentary Award

Roopa Barua’s ‘Daughters of the Polo God’ Wins Best Documentary Award
May 15
13:26 2019

NET Bureau

The 19th Annual New York Indian Film Festival announced the winning filmmakers and actors at this year’s awards ceremony. Roopa Barua’s Daughter of Polo God won the ‘Best Documentary’ Award in this event.

Daughters of the Polo God is a beautifully shot and heart-warming narration of young Manipuri women in the state’s polo sport along with the plight of the ponies in the state due to ecological disruptions.

The shimmering emerald state of Manipur, India is the birthplace of modern polo with men having played there for several hundred years. Now it’s the turn for the young maidens to charge forward. A young polo sisterhood is developing in Manipur that ploughs on in spite of adversity and political turmoil. They are intensely connected to their sacred Manipuri pony and play an international tournament every year. Roopa Barua film is a tribute to these polo players and the modern Manipuri women

 

Here is of NYIFF winners for 2019:

Best Film: Sir (Director: Rohena Gera)

Best Director: Ritesh Batra (Photograph)

Best Actor: Adinath Kothare (Paani)

Best Actress: Tillotama Shome (Sir)

Best Child Actor: Sunny Pawar (Chippa)

Best Screenplay: Baggage (Roopa Rao)

Best Documentary Feature: Sindhustan (Director: Sapna Bhavnani)

Best Documentary Short: Daughters of Polo God (Director: Roopa Barua)

Beat Short (Narrative): Bebaak (Director: Shazia Iqbal).

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