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Garo Film MA•AMA earns International Acclamation

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MA.AMA; the film is based on a golden ager’s yearning to reunite with his wife on the other side of life. This film by Dominic Sangma, has won the best cinematography award at the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival.

MA•AMA had its international premiere at the film festival.

Philip Sangma who is over 90 years old (Dominic’s father) and Acharya Venu, the Garo-language film’s actor and cinematographer respectively, were nominated for the Asian New Talent award for best actor and best cinematographer.

It took Dominic 5 years to script the true experiences of Philip into this movie, undoubtedly involving intimate conversations with his father. The filmmaker has no memories of his mother who passed away when he was two-and-a-half years old. His impressions of her were inherited from his older siblings.

Leaving filmmaker Dominic, all his family members played themselves in the movie. The villagers helped him during the shoot.

MA•AMA is Dominic’s first feature film and a Sino-Indian production.

The gist: Philip’s craving to reunite with his wife is toppled by a dream in which he seeks to spot her among a crowd of women in an arid landscape. But despite his efforts, he is unable to recognize his wife’s face.

About Dominic Sangma: Dominic Megam Sangma from Meghalaya has become one of the few filmmakers from the northeast whose films have been selected for international film festivals. He is a graduate from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, India. He worked in National Film and Development Corporation Ltd, for two years before he opened his own Production Company called ANNA FILMS. He also teaches Direction and Script Writing at Film and Television Institute, Itanagar, India.

Dominic’s diploma film, Rong.kuchak (Echoes), won the National Students’ Film Award in 2014, and also got a special mention at the Ca’Foscari Short Film Festival in Venice in 2015.


Updated by: News Sources 2019-06-27 5:19 PM