Ladakhi: Ladakhi short film ‘Sekool’ premiered at inaugural Himalayan Film Festival

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SRINAGAR: The acclaimed Ladakhi short film “Sekool” was screened on Sunday at the inaugural edition of the Himalayan Film Festival in the Ladakh Union Territory. The short film, which was part of the official selection of various international and national film festivals, including the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival and the Short Shorts (Film Festival & Asia 2020), was screened at PictureTime’s inflatable theater in Ladakh.

Written and directed by Stenzin Tankong, the film received an excellent reception when it was screened by audiences in the crowded movie theater.

A film about the people of Changthang, a nomadic tribe in south-eastern Ladakh, “Sekool” takes place in a remote region of the Himalayas.

Tankong, who is also the editor of the short, described “Sekool” as the story of a child from one of the nomadic tribes who is enthusiastic about going to school, until what he learns would mean leaving behind everything he has ever known or loved.

“I hope I have done justice by capturing the essence of these people and what they represent. This film is my effort to portray the simplicity of the needs of every human being, despite the diversity of their social, cultural, economic and backgrounds. geographic, ”he added. said the director during the screening of the film.

The short film was shot entirely in Ladakh, but post-production work was completed in Mumbai due to the lack of technical equipment available in the Union territory, he added.

“Sekool” had an all-Ladakhi crew and cast, Tankong said, adding that the actors were untrained and did an amazing job despite being in front of the camera for the first time.

“The film has traveled all over the world but today the film is screened here at the Himalayan Film Festival, which gives me great pride and great joy to have it here among my own audience for whom I played this movie, it’s a great pleasure for me, “he added.

“Sekool” was also shortlisted by the jury out of 33 Ladakhi films for the special section of the competition for short films and documentaries of the ongoing festival to reward talented filmmakers from the Himalayan region of the country. The results are awaited.

Other Ladakhi films such as “20 Years”, directed by T Wangdus Lonpo and D Wangchuk Mogol, and “Walking with the Wind”, directed by Praveen Morchhale, are also scheduled to be screened at the film gala.

Sidharth Malhotra’s latest film, “Shershaah”, a biopic about Kargil’s war hero, Captain Vikram Batra, was screened at the festival’s opening ceremony on September 24, while “The Glacier Shepherdess” will close the curtains on September 28.

The five-day festival is part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations.


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