The announcement of the winners of the 69th National Film Awards for the films produced and censored in 2021 on Thursday brought jubilation in the moody skies of Manipur, scarred by the ongoing sectarian violence.
As expected, Romi Meitei’s critically acclaimed “Eikhoigee Yum” bagged the prestigious best Manipuri Film Awards in the feature film category and Saikhom Ratan’s Indian Panorama film, “Beyond Blast” was adjudged the Best Biographical film in the non-feature category, Sunzu Bachaspatimayum, Secretary, MSFDS said in a release.
‘Eikhoigi Yum’ is a narrative on the impact of globalization on a tiny remote village on Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in northeast India. The fishing community who lives on the lake faces eviction, turning their lives upside down, the secretary of the MSFDS said.
“Beyond Blast” is a 52-minute-long biographical documentary on the life of Konthoujam Maikel Meitei, an artist who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Imphal, Sunzu Bachaspatimayum added.
MSFDS congratulates both these award-winning filmmakers and applauds their magnificent contribution for the glory of Manipuri Cinema, the secretary of the MSFDS stated.