First northeast film to be screened at Cannes

Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 15:43 PM IST

New Delhi: "Last of the Tattooed Head Hunters", a short English film about the Konyak Naga tribe, has become the first movie from northeast India to be screened at the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival, starting May 12.

The 15-minute film has been selected in the short film corner category of the festival. Produced by Indrajit Narayan Dev, it was directed by Vikeyeno Zao, daughter of Zakunei Zao, under the banner Hawksbill Productions.

Vikeyeno, said in a statement that the entry into the Cannes has created a landmark for the people of northeast India and Nagaland in particular. She also pointed out that the film was made to present to the world the tattooed head hunting Konyak tribes before they are gone forever.

"Last of the Tattooed Head Hunters" shows the hunting practices of the Konyak Nagas, their home, customs and traditions which was prevalent till the mid 20th century.