Itanagar: 'Mwngkar' (The Realization), the first feature film in Nyishi language which deals with the evils of polygamy, a common practice among tribal communities of Arunachal Pradesh, has been released in the state.
"The film is not intended as a profit-making venture but to bring awareness among the people on social evils," 'Mwngkar' producer Chopa Cheda said.
"I have delivered the child and now it is up to the people to nurture it properly," he said at the film's premiere here yesterday.
The film has been produced by Chopa Cheda, Mepung Phassang (Cheda) and co-produced by Bukhe Flago and Tage Dodum. Shambo Flago is the director of the film.
Nabam Sonil, Tap Mona and Taba Reema are in lead roles in the film, which also features child artist Pungyeng Cheda. The film was shot in natural locations and the music, which has a distict north eastern flavour, was provided by Niranjan Konwar.
State Home Minister Tanga Byaling speaking at the function said, "We would not have gone for many wives had the film been made earlier."
The minister said in the past a man could live peacefully with as many as 18 wives as the tribal society was self dependent. But with changing times polygamy is seen to be ruining peacefully living families, affecting nurturing of children, their education and future.
The making of 'Mwngkar' is proof that Arunachalis were moving ahead fast - whether education, media or film, he said.
"I am reminded how All Arunachal Pradesh Women's Society had given a call in 1989 to abolish the practice of polygamy," he said, adding Kurung Kumey district magistrate Repo Ronya banned child marriage in India in 2006.
Ronya along with district SP Hibu Tamang had freed 14 girls from the clutches of child marriage, a traditional practice," he added.