Praveen Morchhale's 'Walking With The Wind' has bagged 3 national awards under the category of Best Film (Ladakhi), Best Sound Design (Sanal George) and Best Re-Recording (Justin K Jose) at 65th National Awards. The film is set in a small Ladakhi village where life is harsh but achingly simple.
When asked the director about his first national award, he says, "I am honoured that my film has won 3 National Award and i am very glad about it. It was great that this year most of the regional films were noticed and got their due." Earlier, Praveen has directed 'Barefoot To Goa.'
When asked the director about his film, he says, "My film metaphorically represents our democracy, our broken family and disturbing society as well. It is a visual and realistic cinema which tells much more than what it intend without being verbose." He further adds, "Child's pursuit is poetically evocative, depicting life in its raw elements and his determination to do right thing come whatsoever is as real as we can get close to. Barren but mesmerizing landscape is like our life hurdles, we need to face and defeat."
Walking With The Wind is a charming Ladakhi tale, inspired by and dedicated to the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and borrows its title from a book of his poem.
The film has been selected in prestigious film festivals around the world - 41 Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Oct. 2017, CAMERIMAGE (International Film Festival of The Art of Cinematography), Mumbai Film Festival, International Competition, Fribourg International Film Festival, March Switzerland 2018 and won at Tertio Millennio Film Festival, Nov 2017, Rome (Italy).
10 years old Tsering lives in the difficult terrain of the Himalayas. One day he accidentally breaks his friend's school chair. When he decides to bring the chair back to his village, the 7 Kilometres long journey back home in mountainous landscape on a donkey. Becomes even more arduous than usual. Chair is the metaphor for the awakening journey. Quest for the inner truth and reality, which people aspired to find in the adult world.