IMPHAL| Apr 13
‘Bloody Phanek’, a documentary film directed and produced by Sonia Nepram will be screened at the Ethnografilm Paris Film Festival, which will be held in France next week.
A release from Yelhoumee Pictures stated that Sonia Nepram will be attending the screening of the film at the festival scheduled to be held from April 16-20 at the Cine 13 Theatre, 1 Avenue Junot, Paris. 93 films are expected to be screened at the festival which is co-sponsored by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), it added.
“The Ethnografilm festival is focussed on celebrating the art and science of non-fiction filmmaking and promotes the field of video ethnography serving as a showcase for work and forum for dialog between independent and academic documentary filmmakers,” the release said adding that that festival aims to promote the examination of cultures as well as social issues, describing the “patterns of living” throughout the world and also to educate and entertain.
The release also mentioned that the film, Bloody Phanek which is based on the exclusive attire worn by Manipuri women, blends the personal and the political; and it starts from a personal impression that began from the earliest memories of the filmmaker’s life. “The film is a narrative about how women use Phanek as a medium of protest, while it explores the concept of impurity embedded with a Phanek and how this attire challenges masculinity from cultural and traditional perspectives,” it said.
While stating that the film is supported by DMZ Doc South Korea, the release further said that “Bloody Phanek” was also premiered at the 9th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival that was held at Gyeonggi-do in South Korea in 2017. Sandeep Soubam from Sagolband Nepra Menjor Mamang Leikai is the cinematographer and editor of the film, the release added.