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Songs of the Blue Hills

India
Director: Utpal BORPUJARI
96 min. 2013,
with dialogue, English & Nagamese, English subtitled
Producer: Centre for Cultural Resources and Training; Mr Girish Chandra Joshi
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Screenplay: Utpal Borpujari
Cinematographer: Biswajeet Changmai
Music: Traditional
Editor: Umesh Kumar
Cast:
Lipokmar Tzudir, Sademmeren Longkumer, Lamstala Sangtam, Moa & Arenla Subong, etc.

Contrary to the general misconception even within India, the Nagas are not a single tribe. Rather, they comprise a range of ethnic communities spread across several states of Northeastern India and also Northwestern Myanmar. Like ethnic communities the world over, folk music and dances form the core of Naga culture, but what makes it even more important ethnographically is the fact that the Naga folk traditions also comprise the tradition of oral history-keeping. Naga folk songs, thus, could be like any other folk song, and also could be an historical account of an important incident from the past. At the turn of the 20th Century, Naga folk songs had taken a back seat as the early Western missionaries opposed singing of folk songs because they were perceived to be associated with primarily spirit worship. But now, while traditional folk music has staged a comeback, younger Naga musicians are also trying to marry their music with other forms of music – be it Jazz, Blues, Western Classical or Choral – to take these traditional, ancient sounds to a much wider, worldwide audience. This feature-length documentary is the first-ever film to present such a wide range of Naga music - and musicians - together. The idea is to take the viewer in a journey through contemporary forms of Naga folk music – through 20 songs that feature fully or partly in this film!

Major screenings, presentations:
  • 11th Eyes & Lenses Ethnographic Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland (April 2014) 
  • New York Indian Film Festival (April 2014)
  • Gothenberg Indie Film Festival, Sweden (In Competition) (May 2014)
  • Visions du Reel, International Doc Market section, Nyon, Switzerland (April 2014)
  • World Music & Independent Film Festival, Washington, (In Competition) (August 2014)
  • Signs 2014, Kochi, India (In Competition) (May 2014)
  • Ischia International Film Festival, Ischia, Italy (Out of Competiton) (June 2014)
  • Ladakh International Film Festival, India, In Competition, June 2014.
  • International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India
  • 21ST Document.ArtXXI, Bucharest, Romania, October 2014.Asia Pacific Screen Awards (In Competition) 2014
  • 2nd Parma International Music Film Festival, September 2014 (In Competition)
  • Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China, October 2014
  • 2nd Silk Road International Film Festival, Xi’an city, Shaanxi province, China, October 2014
  • 9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival (USA), November 2014
  • Tura Film Festival, Tura (Meghalaya, India) September 2014
  • 18 Degrees Festival, Shillong (Meghalaya, India), October 2014
Utpal BORPUJARI

A National Award-winning film critic-turned-filmmaker, Utpal Borpujari has extensively written on cinema, politics, society, literature and culture, among other things, before turning a scriptwriter and filmmaker. His debut documentary “Mayong: Myth/Reality” was screened at the 6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK, 2013), Silent River Film Festival, California, 2013, 7th Cinema Verite International Documentary Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, 2013, 5th CineASA Guwahati International Film Festival, 2013, and Indie8 Film Festival, Shillong, 2013. The DVD of the film was distributed nationally and internationally by Junglee Home Video, a unit of Times Music. Borpujari has also been a script consultant to the bilingual feature film "As the River Flows" (Hindi) / "Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipaare" (Assamese) produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India. He has written scripts for several documentaries. As a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), he has served on several prestigious film juries. Currently, Borpujari is researching for his next documentary film on World War II’s famous battles in Northeastern India. He is also developing a children’s feature film titled “Ishu” (the script of which, written by him, was selected for the co-production market of CineKid Film Festival, the Netherlands, and the Green Screen Lab, India), and a feature film “The Rogue”. Borpujari has also directed and scripted several public service documentaries and ad films for leading multilateral and government agencies and NGOs, such as UNESCO, Population Services International, Smile Foundation, Ministry of External Affairs and Films Division, Government of India.

Filmography:

  • Mayong: Myth/Reality (2012) – documentary
  • Songs of the Blue Hills (2013) – documentary
  • For a Dorbar of the People (2014) - documentary
  • Soccer Queens of Rani (2014) – documentary
  • Memories of a Forgotten War – under pre-production - documentary
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