Guwahati Province holds Don Bosco Youth Film Festival of India  by Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim
    Guwahati, Feb. 1. 2017 The Don Bosco Youth Film Festival of India (DBYFFI) was organised in eight venues of the province of Guwahati on 28th and 29th January. The venues were Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, Don Bosco School, Guwahati, Don Bosco Socio Technical Institute, Tezpur, Don Bosco School, Sojong, Don Bosco College, Tura, Don Bosco Kokrajhar, Don Bosco, Doomni and Don Bosco, Sirajuli.
    Mr. Habibullah Ahmed, the Director of NRLM (National Rural Livelihood Mission) of Sonitpur District, Assam was the chief guest at the inaugural programme at Tezpur. Addressing the youth he exhorted them to be creative and strive for excellence in the field that they are really passionate about.He also invited the youth to be more creative in the field of media that can bring change in oneself and the society at large.  
    Fr. Cletus the Director of the institute highlighted the contribution of Don Bosco and the Salesians in upbringing the young minds with deep rooted life values. He thanked BOSCom, South Asia for the initiative and noble idea. ``The screening of the movie in the Institute has not only inspired the youngsters as they watched these films but also has triggered in them a spirit to face life more enthusiastically,`` Fr. Cletus said.
    The DBYFFI at Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati was inaugurated by Fr. Robert Simon SDB, Coordinator Group and Movements, DB Youth Animation for South Asia and other eminent Salesians. Fr. Paul Olphindro Lyngkot, the Vice Provincial of Shillong was also present on the dais. Fr. Simon while inaugurating the DBYFFI said that watching movies should trigger the mind of the youth to do something for the nature and the society. Giving examples of the recent protests in Tamil Nadu, he draws lessons on how the digital world and the technology today has bridge the gap of knowledge among young people.
    Fr. Johnson Parackal welcomed the dignitaries and shared valued information regarding the Don Bosco Youth Film Festival of India. ``Continuing with the success of the Bicentenary celebrations of the birth of St. John Bosco, this film festival is organised to remember the great contributions of the father of the young,`` he said. ``The film festival is held in 100 venues of India. We thanked the initiative of the Salesians who took forward the initiative,`` he added.      
    In Sojong, the DBYFFI was inaugurated by Mr. Edward Kathar, Principal Holy Child Academy School. In his message he said that through film we can learn a lot. ``Film should inspire young people to be a change maker in the society,`` he said. Fr. Lukas Marak, Rector of Don Bosco Sojong welcomed the Chief Guest and the participants to the Don Bosco Youth Film Festival of India.
    The film festival at Don Bosco School, Panbazar was inaugurated by Fr. Sabastian Mathew, Principal. He welcomed the participants and wished that the movie screened should transform the lives of the young.  
    The media are a ubiquitous presence in the lives of the Youth today. With the rise of digital platform and the growth of internet and the time spent with the media today has risen significantly. While we glorify the positive aspects of the media, we can never deny the fact of its negative aspects too.
    There were a large number of youngsters who took part in this film fest.
    Posted by Mukhim Rodrigues Bivan