An Island Of Hope - by Pankaj Butalia
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00:26:00 (hh:mm) , English
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|Filmmaker/s Bio Note/s||Pankaj has made eight documentaries and one fiction film. Many of his documentaries have been screened extensively throughout the world and one of them, Moksha, won four major international awards and one national award in 1993-94. His first feature film Karvaan, got a Special Mention at Amiens, France, and has been screened at film festivals in Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam, Belgium, Hong Kong, Turkey, New Delhi and Calcutta.|
The Chakmas are a tribal group that went to Pakistan when the Chittagong Hilly Tracts became part of what was then known as East Pakistan. In 1964, the setting up of the Kaptal Hydel Project uprooted 50,000 Chakmas from their traditional homelands. Most of them then crossed over to India where they were buffeted from one state to another. They ended up living in and around Changlang, a small part of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh. A few years ago, a small school was started in Diyun, Changlang, by a few young Chakma men. This school suddenly transformed the local environment and led to the local communities grudgingly accepting this ‘outsider’ immigrant community.
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