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Indigenous youth of Nagaland, NE India wins best technical excellence award in National Film Fest

Chentei Khiamniungan, who was an intern at The Indigenous Partnership’s Participatory Video workshop hosted by the organization, won the technical excellence award in the Jai Chandiram Memoraial 2nd National Community Media Film Festival 2019 in Telangana. The title of his film is, ‘STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY, STESS TOLERANT CROPS OF NAGALAND’. It also won the 1st prize at National short film competition organized by Samvaad in Jharkhand.

The same film also won Award with certificate and Trophy as Special Mention in the 2nd Nagaland film festival 2019.

The Indigenous Partnership initiated the Participatory Video Training (PVT) with Insight Share in four communities wherein nine youth from the communities of Meghalaya and Nagaland were trained in the art of videography and basic video editing to capture the indigenous narratives.

In collaboration with Insightshare, the Indigenous Partnership has promoted PVT for local communities about local food practices. Following this project, local communities and authorities have recognized PVT as a useful tool to arise awareness on the role-played by traditional knowledge in local food systems.

Khiamniungan is a documentary filmmaker and a freelancer from Khiamniungan community, Langnok village (Tuensang district, in Nagaland).

Chentei Khiamniungan

He has documented more than 20+ films, supported by different departments and NGO’s in Nagaland. His films have received several accolades in the national level and have been screened both at National and International film festivals like Nagaland, Tezpur Assam, Odissa, Hyderabad, Meghalaya to Germany, Malaysia and England.

The videos are produced in an extensively participatory manner, where community members have substantial influence on the nature and theme of the contents. Participatory Video is an important documentation tool, in which NESFAS in collaboration with the Indigenous Partnership and InsightShare, a community development organisation with 15 years experience combining media technology, with participatory approaches and community engagement for locally led change, encourages and trains the community members to document their own traditional knowledge and different issues relating to agriculture.

On the other hand, Samvaad is platform for exchanging ideas and thoughts on tribalism in India. Over these years, tribal communities from across the country and overseas have converged on this platform and have taken the lead in initiating the scores of issues that govern them. Emerging out of a pan-India tribal conclave, Samvaad turned international in 2017.

Samvaad intends to recognize the best of tribal films by students and development practitioners.

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