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Odisha Samaj UAE To Host ‘Cine-Odisha: Film Festival

Dubai:6/10/21: Odisha Samaj UAE (OSUAE), the largest association of Non-Resident Odias across the Middle East and North Africa region, in collaboration with Internationally-acclaimed film producer, promoter, and curator from Odisha, Jitendra Mishra, and his organization CINEMA4GOOD are going to organize a one-of-a-kind film festival ‘CINE ODISHA – the timeless cinema of Odisha ’, during the Prestigious World Expo 2020 in Dubai UAE on the 22nd & 23rd of October 2021.

The objective of the festival is to promote Odisha’s rich art, culture, language, and heritage values through handpicked films from the state that includes national and international award-winning films ‘Maya Miriga’ (Nirad Mohapatra, 1984), ‘Neeraba Jhada’ (Manmohan Mahapatra, 1984), ‘Lavanya Preeti’ (Apurba Kishore Bir,1993) ‘Indradhanura Chhai’ (Susant Misra, 1993), TARA (Bijaya Jena / Dolly Jena, 1992), ‘Jatra Jeevan Jeevan Yatra’ (Kapilash Bhuyan, 2006), ‘Kathantara’ (Himanshu Sekhar Khatua, 2006), ‘Samayara Chhaire’ (Shankhajeet De, 2016), The Lord Of The Universe (Shibu Prusty, 2016), ‘Kalira Atita’ ( Nila Madhab Panda, 2019), ‘Sala Budhar Badla’ (Sabyasachi Mahapatra, 2019) among others.

While Cine-Odisha intends to celebrate 85 years of Odia cinema, the festival will also pay homage to the legendary film personalities whom the state has lost during last two years of Covid-19.

During the 2-days fest, multiple panel discussions & industry forums are also scheduled; several dignitaries from the industry are expected to be a part of this unique event.

“ We at OSUAE have been trying to promote Odia culture in Dubai for many years through various cultural events and social activities, we are proud to organize this first-of-its-kind film event at world’s biggest exhibition platform Expo 2020 Dubai. We are overjoyed by our collaboration with Jitendra Mishra for this event and will always be thankful for his unconditional voluntary contributions towards curating the program and taking it to the next level. We are also thankful to our partners DN Homes, ISL Dubai, HDFC Life, and other supporters for their valued contributions,” said Mr. Amiya Kumar Mishra, President of the Odisha Samaj UAE, on this occasion.

Jitendra Mishra, the curator of Cine-Odisha fest, said, “Odisha is a storied land of rich art, culture, values, and cinema, this land has given birth to numerous great storytellers who have always made us proud through their incredible work at national and international platforms. At the same time we have also several young talents in the film industry, in the state, with outstanding ideas that have high potential in global markets. This is an honest effort to promote path-breaking films and filmmakers from Odisha globally. We are grateful to Odisha Samaj UAE for their dedication and contribution towards this noble initiative and proud of our ongoing partnership”

Expo 2020 Dubai, the 35th World Expo was inaugurated in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on the 30th of September 2021 and will be open to the world from 1st of October 2021 till 31st March 2022. With 192 participating nations, Expo 2020 Dubai is a mega international event in terms of scale, duration, and visitor count, with a projected 25 million tourists from all over the world in the 6 months period.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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