CDC Diploma film, Jamnapaar receives the Golden Owl Award for Best Documentary Film and Silver Owl Award for Excellence in Sound Design at the Cut.In- Students’ Film Festival, 2017

Alumnus Abhinava Bhattacharyya’s Diploma film, Jamnapaar, was awarded the Golden Owl for Best Student Documentary and Silver Owl for Second Best Sound Design in the recently concluded Cut.In Students’ Film Festival, at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Jamnapaar lurks on the river’s edge seeking to explore how the inhabitants of the Jamuna relate to its degraded presence, the fragile nostalgia of an unknowable past and the horror of its unthinkable future.

The Jury citations state- “Using close-ups, colours and textures to great effect, the film becomes a beautiful, poetic meditation on not just the river, but also life and livelihood along the river. The treatment of the film is original, script is delicately handled with evocative camera work. Jamnapaar creates a compelling, evocative soundscape with the rhythms of the everyday and draws in the viewer. The layered soundscape adds to the sense of alienation and longing, intricately weaving the past, the present and the future.” Congratulations to the young director!

Another CDC Diploma film, Qila Aparajit (The Fort Undefeated) by Manur Raj Katyal was also screened at the festival. Qila Aparajit follows a group of children in a night shelter close to Jama Masjid, exploring their relationship with the Red Fort and its history. By offering us a way of looking at the children’s lives and their relationship to a historical monument, the films ends up raising some questions for us to think about.