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With the National Award Winning story of a young girl learning to live her life amidst calamities, Rima Das’s movie Village Rockstars makes it to the Oscar nominations.
Village Rockstars, an interesting new movie written, edited, co-produced and directed by Rima Das, has been named as India’s official contender for the 91st Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. Apart from it being an Assamese film, there is another good news for the state. Norway’s official contender – What will People Say has Adil Hussain, an Assamese actor as the protagonist. That makes two for Assam at this Oscar nominations.
Village Rockstars having won the National Award earlier this year, had received a good amount of attention, but was hungry for more. I believe its beauty lies in its simplicity. The very ‘real’ setting of the film and its focus on the dreams of a ten-year old girl capture the audience’s heart. This year it has received world wide acclaim at International Film Festivals, some of them being the Toronto international Film Festival 2017, Cannes Film Festival 2017, Cairo International Women’s Film Festival in Egypt and many more.
A very brief synopsis of the film for you all, taken from Rima Das’s own website as she describes her movie the best.
Dhunu is in a group of real Village Rock stars. Growing up in deprivation, she learns to manage her life within surroundings of hostile natural calamities and weaving dreams of owing a guitar!
This movie is special, having as it does a young child protagonist who is a girl in tough circumstances and a woman director. With women making it big we hope to celebrate India at the Oscars with an extra twinkle in our eyes this year.
Watch the trailer here!
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