Film Journalists’ Forum, based in Bhubaneswar, is organizing the screening of the Odiya classic, Jeeban Saathi (1964),
on 2nd of May, Wednesday, Evening 6:00 PM, at Jayadev Bhavan Auditorium.
The screening will be preceded by felicitation of six personalities associated with the film.
Please take note that the film is in Odiya and with no subtitles.
We are circulating this invitation on behalf of Film Journalists’ Forum, Bhubaneswar. For more details please see the email message below from the organizers and the attachments.
Some thoughts from FSB…
In 2011, Odiya cinema became 75 years old. Government, as usual, organized perfunctory events to mark the occasion.The official rhetoric that accompany such occasions referred to a glorious history. Unfortunately, that history is in serious danger of being permanently lost in the absence of any systematic archival preservation/restoration of Odiya cinema. The government obviously doesn’t care. The legacy of this neglect is too well known to recount here.
The print of many Odiya films from the past are either lost or remain untraceable. The demand of the situation is to find them in any form available and transfer them to digital media for their future survival. Along with it there is also the need for documentation of materials associated with the films. Restoration of these films, though much needed, would require resources that can only be provided by an institutional undertaking or the government. This archival project is an urgent necessity if we intend to keep not only the history of Odiya cinema alive but through it a significant part of our modern social history. The fact that cinema can be both culturally and academically relevant to our self understanding needs to be reiterated.
In this context, the initiative taken by the Film Journalists’ Forum (FJF) deserves our solidarity. The effort has been entirely a labour of love of a few. So far, including the present film, they have managed to document and preserve four classic Odiya films. In the process they have had to overcome both hardships and seemingly insurmountable difficulties. This initiative, though hardly sufficient to address the magnitude of the task at hand, is a necessary beginning. We hope it gathers momentum and support from all quarters. A critical mass of public opinion will probably make the government shake out of its apathy and take responsibility in archival preservation and restoration of Odiya cinema.