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NINE MONTHS by Merajur Rahman Baruah
(Assamese with English subtitles, 77 Min)
The film is an evocative film that explores the history, form, style and aesthetics of Assam’s mobile theatre. It records the transformation in themes and repertoires in the genre of performance, captures the experience and perspectives of its promoters, directors, actors, technicians, and stagehands and documents the impact of globalisation on its practice.It explores the various kinds of plays staged by the mobile theatre, the issues they deal with and how the genre has transformed from presenting mythological and folk stories to contemporary themes with social and political implications
Merajur Rahman Baruah is an independent documentary filmmaker from India based in Delhi. He has done Master degree in Sociology, Diploma in Mass Communication from JamiaMilliaIslamia, and Film Appreciation course from Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. He has received the Commonwealth Vision Award 2006 for his film “Beyond the Zero Line” from the Royal Commonwealth Society & and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, United Kingdom. He has also received Rajat Kamal for the best film on social issues at the 55th National Film Awards-India for hisfilm “Shifting Prophecy” His film “The Nine Months” won the second best film at Jeevika- Asia Livelihood Documentary film Festival 2010-Delhi. Howeverhis films have been screened in various international film festivals and received accolades and wide appreciation. The film “The Nine Months” was supported by India Foundation for the Arts under the Arts Research and Documentation programme.