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Homage to Irom Maipak
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 31 2022: The 17th Mumbai International Film Festival which began on May 29 will pay homage to Manipur's ace Cinematographer, Irom Maipak who passed away due to Covid in 2021 .

The National award winning Manipuri cinemato- grapher, Irom Maipak is amongst those filmmakers from documentary and animation genre, to be remembered with special screenings under 'Homage' section, said a press release by Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) .

Also known as MIFF, the 7-day festival pegged as the largest documentary film festival of the world, presenting a kaleidoscope of World Cinema promises to induce qualitative as well as diverse content in the current edition, featuring 808 film-entries from 30 countries.

Apart from the 120 Films in 'Competition' and 'MIFF Prism' category, an array of special film packages, master classes and workshops has been curated for the film lovers.

Another interesting feature is Netflix original series "Mighty Little Bheem: I love Taj Mahal '' episode will make its World Premiere at MIFF 2022 .

The first animation film co-produced by India and Japan 'Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama', will also have its special screening at MIFF.

Even though MIFF, organized by Films Division of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, felt short to announcing Manipur as a focus State of the festival, the State which began its cinematic journey from 1972 with 'Matamgi Manipur' holds a prominent space in the international film festival, featuring altogether eight documentary films.

The three films of Irom Maipak namely 'The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh', directed by Aribam Shyam Sharma (for which Maipak won the national award) 'Thang-Ta', directed by Ronel Haobam and 'Phumshang', directed by Haobam Paban Kumar will be screened in the Homage section, added the release.

Meanwhile All Manipur Cinematographers' Association (AMCA) while expressing joy over the decision of MIFF to pay homage to the renowned cinematographer, informed that the association will organise a film festival of the Northeast region in Imphal soon in the honour of Irom Maipak.

Addressing media persons during a press meet held today at Naoremthong, AMCA's advisor, Ngangbam Ghanashyam maintained that gesture of MIFF is a matter of pride for the State and went on to laud the significant contributions of late Irom Maipak who worked relentlessly with utmost dedication.


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