Report by OD bureau; New Delhi: Four Odia Film Makers to be awarded at We Care National Film Festival in New Delhi. We Care will award these Odia film makers at glittering award ceremony at India International Centre in New Delhi on 31st July.
These Odia short documentary film makers' short documentaries have got highly praised and own prizes at National We Care Film festival, a across country travel film festival on the issue of disability organised by an internationally acclaimed organisation called Brotherhood.
Snehashis Das, Ambuja Satapathy, Trinath Prasad Acharya & Santosh Kumar Panda are the film makers who have brought glory through their works. Last year a leading NGO of the state working on Women, child and Disability had organised the We Care Film Festival in Odisha in collaboration with Brotherhood. More than 30 awarded movies from across the state were screened during the festival. A total of 16 entries had come from Odia film makers based on d issue of disability for this unique festival. Later all entries competed with other films of across India.
Snehashis Das, a nationally acclaimed independent film maker of the state has own many national and state level awards for his short documentaries. Recently his documentary “Road Back Home” had own CMS Environment Best Film Award. He always believes in using the visual medium for the development have own 1st prize in the category of 1 minute Movie. His winning movie “if we can walk together’’ is based on the theme that the walk of life is more comfortable if we can walk together. In the same category another film maker from Sonepur District Trinath Prasad Acharya have own in the category of Special Mention for his movie “Patience”. Trinath, who used to work as a freelancer for Sun(Weekly Magazine) & Down to Earth and an assistant to Odia Film Maker AK Bir earlier now doing freelancing in video production and teaching Photography & short film making to students of his district. He has tried to convey the message that without vision how people are living smoothly in comparison to us the so called normal people who have lots of complains and impatience in our life.
In the category of up to five minutes the short documentary of Ambuja Satapathy, “Doves Tale” have won first prize which carries the message that people with disability too have their sexual need. He has tried to convey that when disable people’s sexual and emotional needs are rarely included in any discussion and representation in popular culture such as movies, music and magazines. They are represented in more positive ways by media, often social cultural and institutional supports follow suits, advocating for disable people’s greater sexual access and social well being.
Santosh Panda a Government employee but a passionate documentary film maker has also got the second prize in the same category five minutes. He has his different opinion in advocating for t disability. He always tries to get messages from life examples of things happening around him. That inspired him to make such a meaningful award winning movie “Helping Hand”. He on the other hand opines for a mass movement on the disability issue.
Satish Kapor the founder of We Care Film festival has shown his satisfaction of entries from Odisha. As he has said that out of 46 entries across India and abroad a total of 16 movies were awarded and out of which four re from Odisha. The film makers of Odisha have come up with the very important need of the people with disability with their movie making skills. He also told that in future he has planned to continue this innovative film festival in Bhubaneswar with much awareness and creative a sphere of awaking people with the help of visual media. The winners will get cash prize along with certificates in a special function at Delhi, he added.