Manipur’s Leipaklei invited for S.Korean Film Festival

A Manipuri film “Leipaklei (2012)” directed by acclaimed film maker and Padma Shri awardee Aribam Syam Sharma, has recieved the invitation for screening at the annual Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) to be held at Jeonju, South Korea from April 25 to May 5, 2013 .

The Sangai Express today had reported that the Korean film festival programme coordinator June Yunkyung Kim invited the 76-year-old film maker to screen the film in the ‘Special Section: Beyond Bollywood’ section.

The Jeonju festival officials took notice of the film when it was first screened during the 18th Kolkata International Film Festival held in Kolkata last year and “Leipaklei” was also made the inaugural film of the 5th Guwahati Film Festival held at Guwahati  between December 10-16, 2012.

Based on the Sahitya Akademi Award winning drama “Leipaklei” written by noted playwright Arambam Samarendra, the film tells the story of a woman Leipaklei – who is separated from her husband and finds her life surrounded by social  hardship and trials of fate.

Aribam rose to public limelight with his award winning movie “Imagi Ningthem (My Son, My Precious)” which was also  screened at Festival des Trios Continents, Nantes (France) in 1982.  His earlier other films that brought him worldwide attention and recognition is “Ishanou” screened at Cannes Film Festival in 1991 and “Sangai – The Dancing Deer of Manipur”  which won the British Film Institute’s Outstanding Film of the Year 1989.

Click here to see the List of Recognition and Awards won by him.

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