Songs of the Horned Owl

2015/Color/78 mins/India

Category Unheard India: Rare Language Indian Films
Director Manju Borah
Producer Shankar Lall Goenka
Screenplay Manju Borah
Cinematography Sudheer Palsane
Editor A. Sreekar Prasad
Music Aniruddha Borah
Set NA
Costume NA
Cast Reshma Mushahary,Ahalya Daimary,Nita Basumatary
Production Company Shiven Arts
World Sales NA
Festival/Awards The film was premiered at Montreal World Film Festival on 1 and 2 September 2015 in Focus on World Cinema section. Later screened at 17th Mumbai Film Festival in India Gold section All Lights India International Film Festival, and 20th International Film Festival of Kerala. The film was also selected for Indian Panorama at 46th International Film Festival of India.

According to a myth in Bodo community, exploited man after death transforms into a horned owl (Hudu) and comes back to his/her home and keeps calling from a tree. The film takes this myth and uses it as a metaphor to intensify the thematic development. The film explores the social and political upheavals of the indigenous Bodo community post the Second World War. Close to 40,000 people have lost their lives to communal violence and insurgency over the past 35 years in the northeast region of India, many of the victims entirely innocent bystanders. Raimali (Reshma Mushahary), a young rape victim, knows this firsthand. As she lies in an abandoned house, she recalls how separatist violence has marked her life, that of her lover and their families, contrasting its disruption with indigenous folklore and the immutability of the Assamese landscape.