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Manipuri Cinema Golden Jubilee: Importance of film preservation stressed in Cine Dialogue 


There will be no screening or programmes on April 13 and 14 on account of Cheiraoba.

TFM Desk

The ongoing golden jubilee celebrations of Manipuri cinema on Monday witnessed deliberation on the aspects and importance of film archiving and restoration. The Cine Dialogue is being conducted on several topics related to films.

The golden jubilee celebrations began on April 9 at the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) complex, Konung Mamang, Imphal.

Film Heritage Foundation founder director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur opined that people have a wrong conception that only celluloid films are lost. Digital films also get lost. Many consider cinema as just an entertainment and not as an art form. This is one main reason the archiving and preservation process is somewhat delayed in many places across India, he added.

He maintained that it is not possible to make good films without a proper understanding of the history of films in one’s place in particular and the world in general.

MSFDS and Film Heritage Foundation recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on preserving Manipur’s film heritage.

On the fourth day of the celebration, Mei Ekpa directed by Chaoba Thiyam and produced by Saikhom Ratan, Bloody Phanek by Sonia Nepram were screened. In the Northeast Focus section, Ma’ama by Dominik Sangma from Meghalaya and Nobap by Heisnam Tomba were shown.

The screenings were followed by interactions with the directors and producers of the films. There will be no screening or programmes on April 13 and 14 on account of Cheiraoba.

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