Rambuai, Mizoram’s Trouble Years’ a film by C-NES Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika and Trustee Preeti Gill premiered on October 20, 2016 at the Royal Group of Institutions, Betkuchi, Guwahati to a packed hall . The film was screened as part of the River Talks – North East literary Festival organized by the Royal group of Institutions and North East Writers’ Forum. Post screening followed an energetic round of question and answers. The documentary was earlier successfully screened at Aizawl and New Delhi.
Mr. Hazarika is a columnist, author and activist, the former founder Director of the Centre for NE Studies and Policy Research in Jamia Millia Islamia and currently Director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). Preeti Gill is a literary agent, independent researcher and editor who has extensively published writers from the region and has been in the publishing industry for more than 20 years. Maulee Senapati is the Director (Technical) of the film. This is the fourth documentary that he and Sanjoy Hazarika have collaboration on in the past 10 year: Children of the River, the Xihus of Assam; A Measure of Impunity and Where there are No Roads.
The film ‘Rambuai’ looks not just at the years of conflict and disturbances in this beautiful pocket of India, but also at the transition in mind-sets that has enabled peaceful change to endure, the resolve that drove the Indian State, and the challenges that remain. It gives voice to younger people who have only heard of the conflict through stories told by family elders. It raises questions about how ordinary people continue to struggle to cope with their experiences. It shows the wide-ranging effects of violence, different approaches to peace and peacemaking and how some key questions remain unaddressed.