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Assamese short-film ‘Xogun’ to be screened at 21st New York Indian Film Festival

Xokun, which is Assamese for ‘vulture,’ is an Assamese short film adapted from the celebrated short story of the same name by renowned writer-journalist Manoj Kumar Goswami.

Xokun, which Utpal Borpujari wrote and directed, has been chosen for the 21st New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF).

Xogun is one of 58 feature films, documentaries, and short films from around India that have been chosen for NYIFF, one of the world’s most popular Indian film festivals.

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film festival will be conducted practically from June 4 to 15.

Xogun was previously awarded Best Film at the Gauhati Cine Club’s 13th Guwahati International Film Festival and screened at India’s most prestigious short film and documentary festival, the 14th Signs Festival in Thiruvanathapuram.

The film, like the original tale, was shot with the assistance of Badunduppa Kala Kendra in the Agia area of Goalpara. It is a powerful examination of many facets of contemporary journalism practices.

“As a retired journalist who spent over two decades writing and reporting from metropolises and some of India’s most remote regions, I have mixed feelings on how the career has reacted to the times – with the negatives often outweighing the positives. Manoj Kumar Goswami’s tale exemplifies how things are “Borpujari commented on the film’s subject.

“As in every other discipline, media has often had unethical aspects, but it has seldom been institutionalized to the extent that it has been in recent years – whether by paying to report, false news, person corruption, or unstated institutional affiliation with political parties and corporate houses. I believe that a substantial portion of the blame for the rot rests on those who stood the other way – not forgetting to pontificate – when the profession degenerated through the years. This short film is a darkly surreal reflection on all of this “‘He said.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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