Jahnu Barua is one of India’s internationally acclaimed filmmakers. A twelve-time National Award winner Jahnu Barua has been making films mostly on social and human issues. His major films have been
Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (The Catastrophe), Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door (It’s a Long Way to the Sea),
Firingoti (Spark), Banani (Forest), Pokhi (And the River Flows),
Konikar Ramdhenu (Ride of the Rainbow), Baandhon (Waves of Silence),
Maine Gandhi ko Nahi Mara (I did not Kill Gandhi) and Ajeyo (Invincible). Apart from making films Jahnu Barua is actively involved as a social activist in many organizations dealing with youths, women, children, social awareness, health, physically handicapped children. He has also been working for more than twenty years on ‘why India must have two time zones’.
Jahnu Barua was born in Assam on 18 October 1952. Graduated in Science from Guwahati University in 1971 he did his post-graduation diploma in Film Direction from Film & TV Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 1974. He has also been regularly contributing his expertise to many government undertaking organizations under the Ministry of I & B like the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI), Films Division, Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), National Film Archive, India (NFAI), International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), National Film Awards Committee and many other organizations - government and non-government. He has also served as Jury Member/Chairperson in many national and international film festivals. Since 2008 in his capacity as the former President of Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA), he has been organizing Documentary film festivals in various institutions, universities and colleges across Assam and other parts of North-East as part of media awareness programme – Documentary Viewing is Education with Illustrations, which has become very successful and popular, benefitting the younger generation hugely towards media studies, social awareness, humanity and character development.
Jahnu Barua is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in India and abroad - some of the major ones include National Award for Best Film in 1988, Grand Prix Silver Leopard and World Ecumenical Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1988, Best Film at Amien International Film Festival, and Best of Asia at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 1989, National Award for Best Film on Environment in 1990, National Award for Second Best Film in 1992, National Award for Best Director in 1995, National Award for Best Children Film in 2004, International FRIPESCI Award at Mumbai Film Festival in 2006, International FRIPESCI Award at Singapore International Film Festival in 1996, KODAK Vision Award at Fukuoka, Japan in 2006, Best Director at International Festival of Independent Filmmakers, Brussels in 1997, World Peace Prize in Chicago in 1996, Best Film at B’lore Intl. Film Festival in 1912. He has also been conferred with numerous honours that include Padma Shri (2003), Kamal Kumari National Award for Culture (2004), Tarun Duara Award (2009), Bhabendra Nath Saikia Award (2010), Best Assamese Award (2012), Bhupen Hazarika Award (2012), Bhupen Hazarika Kothachobi Ratna (2013). Hindi Sevi Award (2014), D. Lit. (ADU, 2014), Padma Bhushan (2015).