Haobam Paban Kumar, born in Manipur, is an alumni of SRFTI, Kolkata. His diploma film 'Ngaihak Lambida' was screened in the Indian Panorama Section of IFFI, Goa 2007. His films 'Kangla', 'AFSPA 1958 & A Cry in the Dark' have been shown at various festivals and international events. 'AFSPA 1958' bagged several international awards including the FIPRESCI PRIZE at MIFF, 2006. It also received the Best Non-Fiction Award at the 56th National Film Awards 2008.