Life

Jibon
Director:
Altaf Mazid
English (subtitled), 54 min, 1998, India

Ron, a 12-year-old boy, is suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) a rare disease with no cure. The disease is characterized by rapid progression of muscle degeneration, eventually leading to loss in movements and death. The symptoms appeared when Ron was a child.
 
The film allows us to celebrate the ordinary family life of the boy and his mother, Biju, through some vignettes. It chooses to draw a situation of hope where there is none, and a life of courage and dignity.
 
The locale is Guwahati, a town situated in the far-east corner of India and shot with real-life characters.

 
Producer:
Reena Choudhury, Zabeen Ahmed
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Mrinal Kanti Das
Editing:
Amitabh Shukla
Music:
Reesee R. Duara
 
Awards and Screenings:

Best Director award, Pyongyang Film Festival of Non-aligned and Developing Countries 2000
International Film Festival of India (Indian Panorama), 1999

Screenings:
Film South Asia, Kathmandu, 1999
Roshd International Film & Video Festival, Tehran
Calcutta Film Festival
International Children's Film Festival, India
Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), India
International Film Festival of Kerala
Dhaka International Film Festival; Traveling Film South Asia, 2000