Assamese filmmaker Rima Das won the award of the Best Feature Film Director for her movie “Village Rockstars” at the 20th International Film Festival of Olympia for Children and Young People. Her lead actor in the 87-minute feature film, her 10-year-old niece, Bhanita Das won also, in the same festival, the award of the Best Young Actress in a Feature Film. “The physical presence of young Bhanita Das, and her relationship with the vast marshlands, harmonically embrace her inner strength as well as that of the rest of that wretched place’s inhabitants.”
The award giving committee of the Olympia Film Festival praised the special cinematography of this film for the brilliant depiction of the extreme hardships of a magical world. Rima Das’ film was commented as “an excellent specimen of the great Indian school of magic realism, focusing on the strength and determination of the most unprivileged members of society.”
“Village Rockstars” is Rima Das’ second future film, written, directed and produced by herself. The plot is set in a small village called Chhaygaon in Assam, where the filmmaker hails from. It tells the story of a young village girl named Dhunu, the protagonist, who is rebellious and ambitious and wants to start her own rock band someday. Dhunu however, has to fight gender stereotypes, poverty and other hostile conditions.
Olympia International Film Festival for children and young people is the only one of its kind in Greece, and has, as a main target, the promotion and development of cinema for children and young people as well as the evolution of cinema as an educational tool and media literacy. Its 20th edition was concluded on December 9th, 2017.
See the trailer of the movie