Kolkata, June 03: Mathia, a film potraying the widely
prevalent practice of witch-hunting in the tribal society of
Tripura, has earned the distinction of being the first film
in Kokborok to bag an International Award.
Mathia was awarded the best feature film at the coveted
polish International Film Festival of Niepokalanow held in
Warsaw from May 19 to 25.
The Kokborok film, critically acclaimed for its crusade
against age old superstitious beliefs of the tribal society,
was screened on May 21 at the festival honouring value-based
films from across the world, Director Joseph Pulinthanath told
a news agency here.
Mathia competed with 52 entries including the polish
entry 'Kossak', Australian film 'From Despair to Hope' and a
host of films from Australia, Belarus, Cyprus, Jordan, Canada,
Lebaonon, Makao, Russia, Italy and USA.
A love story of two social outcasts, of which the female
lead is branded as a witch, Mathia was shot on location in
some of the most remote villages in the Bbormura hill range of
Kolkata-based cinematographer Sunil Lucas said the award
was a motivation for further productions from the region.
The festival authorities would send the award consisting
a citation and a statuette through the Indian Embassy in
Poland as none of the film's unit members could be present at