Assam's first feature film Joymoti has been selected for the seventh Asiatica film mediale (Encounters with Asian cinema) Festival at Rome from November 18 to 26.
The film by Jyotiprasad Agarwalla made in 1935 was scheduled to have its Italian premiere on November 25 and has also invited the curator of the film Altaf Mazid to present the film at the festival.
Festival Director Italo Spinelli in an e-mail to Mazid said that the film has been selected for its "extraordinary historical value, for the originality of the story and the way it is told which testifies the large and rich culture of Assam".
The screening of the film will also be a unique occasion for the Italian audience to discover the diversity at the roots of the kaleidoscope of Indian cinema, Spinelli added.
The festival will propose movies from China, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malyasia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajiksthan, Thailand and Uzbekistan.
Joymoti is the tale of an Ahom queen who sufferred innumerable torture at the hands of her husband's enemies who usurped his throne and tried to kill him.