Sabin Alun is a living oral tradition of the Karbis of Assam. The film is an old-new spin on the Ramayana where the animistic point of view of the tribal community gets prominence. Of the hundreds of versions of the Ramayana, Sabin Alun attempts to open up the social and emotional assessment of the community through generations of memory and myth in a contemporary context.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Eminent film critic turned documentary filmmaker from Assam, Altaf Mazid, passed away in Bangalore on 13/04/2016. He was an engineer in the Public Works Department of Assam, but breathed cinema through his life till his last breath. Known for his experimental films, he never let his location come in the way of his singular vision. He has written extensively on cinema in Assam - http://altafmazid.blogspot.in. He restored the first Assamese film Joymoti (1935) in the year 2004. His list of awards and achievements would fill up pages. He won National Awards for Best Film Critic and Best Anthropological/ Ethnographic Film.You can watch some of his films here.