Daughters of the Polo God

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Daughters of the Polo God
Directed byRoopa Barua
Produced byRoopa Barua
Based onWomen's empowerment and Saving endangered Meitei horse (Manipuri pony), together for the development of Polo (Sagol Kangjei)
Music bySunayana Sarkar
Edited byHemanti Sarkar
Release date
2018
Running time
33 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMeitei (Manipuri) and English

Daughters of the Polo God is a 2018 Indian Meitei-English bilingual documentary movie. It is directed by Roopa Baruah. It is edited by Hemanti Sarkar.[1][2] It is based on the unique story of girls and horses empowering each other. It is the story about the saving of the endangered Meitei horse (Manipuri pony) and empowering women in the sport of polo (Meitei: Sagol Kangjei) at the same time.[3][4]

The movie shows how the Manipuri women moves forward in a male dominated sportive society. It also shows the development of the special relationship with their Meitei horses (Manipuri ponies). They are trying at their best levels to participate in the annual polo tournament.[5]

The movie begins from Sagol Kangjei (Old Manipuri: Sakol Kangchei), the ancient polo as a wartime peace exercise in Antique Kangleipak (Ancient Manipur). And it ended up with the present day advancements of the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association. It produces cultural, ecological, historical and social relationship between the sport, the horses and the ethnicity of the land.[6]

Background[change | change source]

The polo started in the far corner of the North East India (Ancient Manipur). It has been developed there for many centuries. At the same time, Women's empowerment has been very active in the history of Manipur. Roopa Barua, the maker of the "Daughters of the Polo God", took interest in these facts. So, she set her project on it.[7] She said,

"A young polo sisterhood is developing in Manipur that ploughs on in spite of adversity and political turmoil. They are intensely connected to their sacred Manipuri pony and play an international tournament every year. My film is a tribute to these polo players, the modern Manipuri women and the pony campaign.[8]"

She spoke to the media that Manipuri girls are empowered a lot and have been able to play and do well for themselves. Before the beginning of the journey, the polo girls offered prayers to Marjing, the "Polo God" of Meitei religion, at his temple. And so, the name of the movie is also taken from the sense that the polo player girls are the daughters of their beloved father like Polo God of their own ethnic religion. Notably, it took over four years to complete the making of the movie.[9]

Awards[change | change source]

The movie gets 6 international awards at 5 International Film Festivals. These are held at different countries of the world.[10]

Awards Category Results
New York Indian Film Festival 2019 Best Documentary Short Won
UK Asian Film Festival 2019 Best Documentary Won
Vancouver South Asian Film Festival Best Documentary Won

Equus Festival New York 2018

Directors Award Won
Best Documentary Short Won
Rajasthan International Film Festival 2019 Women Empowerment Award Won

Reception[change | change source]

The Equus Festival takes its winning films on a film tour across North American and European countries. The "Daughters of the Polo God" was also one of the winners. So, it was also shown in the different places.[11] These are:

Venues Month Year
Baltimore Maryland January 2019
Camden South Carolina February 2019
Santa Fe New Mexico March 2019
Meadville Pennsylvania April 2019
Canada September 2019
Scottsdale Arizona September 2019

Screenings[change | change source]

The movie received official entries in many international film festivals. These are organised across the world.[12] These include:

Official entry Seasons Venues
Equus New York Film Festival December 2018 New York
Rajasthan International Film Festival January 2019 Jaipur, Rajasthan
Northeast Film Festival Pune (in collaboration with National Film Archives of India) February 2019 Pune, Maharashtra
Asia's Women Film Festival March 2019 New Delhi, India
UK Asian Film Festival March 2019 United Kingdom
New York Indian Film Festival May 2019 New York
South Asian Film Festival 2019 Vancouver
Tasveer South Asian Film Festival 2019 Seattle
South Asian Film Festival 2019 Montreal
Brahmaputra Film Festival 2019 India
DC South Asian Film Festival 2019 -
Indian Film Festival 2019 Houston
Mustard South Asian Film Festival 2019 Philadelphia
Busan International Animal Rights Film Festival - -

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "People Need To Know That Modern Polo Started In Northeast: Roopa Barua On Her Award-Winning Documentary".
  2. "Daughters of the Polo God". FILM FESTIVAL FLIX. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  3. "People Need To Know That Modern Polo Started In Northeast: Roopa Barua On Her Award-Winning Documentary". Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  4. "Daughters of the Polo God". FILM FESTIVAL FLIX. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  5. "Assam filmmaker's documentary bags award at New York Indian Film Fest". Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  6. Rawat, Prateek. "AWFF 2019: Sisterhood on display through documentaries Daughters of the Polo God, Roshan and Mani". Cinestaan. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  7. "People Need To Know That Modern Polo Started In Northeast: Roopa Barua On Her Award-Winning Documentary". Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  8. "People Need To Know That Modern Polo Started In Northeast: Roopa Barua On Her Award-Winning Documentary". Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  9. "People Need To Know That Modern Polo Started In Northeast: Roopa Barua On Her Award-Winning Documentary". Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  10. "General 5". Kahini Media. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  11. "General 5". Kahini Media. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  12. "General 5". Kahini Media. Retrieved 2021-09-26.

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