Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) has honoured Manipuri film archivist Johnson Rajkumar with ‘Champions of Film Heritage Award 2022’ in the opening ceremony of the ongoing Film Preservation and Restoration workshop in Mumbai.
FHF stated in a release that it had conferred the award to Johnson Rajkumar with the citation that read, ‘For his selfless commitment and courage in taking the road less travelled with limited support and resources and taking on the challenge of sparking a movement for film preservation and laying the foundation to building a film archive and training archivists in his home state of Manipur.’
Johnson, who is a trained film archivist has been instrumental in setting up the film archive of Manipur and has been voluntarily working in SN Chand Cine Archive & Museum, it mentioned.
It stated that Johnson has been participating in the ongoing Film Preservation and Restoration workshop as a Tata Trusts Scholar. In the workshop, Johnson along with FHF and experts from L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna have been working to save the recently found reels of ‘Mainu Pemcha’ (1948), the first feature film attempted of Manipur, it read.
The workshop which commenced on Sunday was jointly organised by the FHF in partnership with Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation and the International Federation of Film Archives in association with the World Cinema Project, it added.