Rahul Narwane, a Pune-based filmmaker’s 13-minute short film, Manohar Ambanagari has acquired a place among the top 30 films to be showcased at The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival in Oregon, US in May. The film has been selected for a total of five international film festivals.

The short-film is about the temple town of Ambejogai in Beed district and through it Rahul wanted to share with the world its neglected but rich history.

The filmmaker completed his education from Latur and Pune and hails from Ambejogai. He hopes that the recognition will attract more people to the town. Rahul said the short film was well received after the release and picked up for screening and a special mention at five international film festivals. “The movie competed with 800 other movies from across the world and made it to the top 30 movies that will be screened at the prestigious Archaeology Channel International Film Festival in the USA in May,” he said.

He also added that though the film was without a script, he was working on a documentary which shares the story of the place in great depth. The documentary, in its final level required extensive research and interviews of around 30-40 people.

Ambejogai has many sites that hold immense historical significance but are often ignored. “Over the past two-three years, I have been researching about the historicity of the town and the short film is an attempt to uncover at least part of it,” Rahul added.

“A massive structure was discovered near the Barakhambi temple that had exquisite sculptures. Also, the municipal museum, which remains locked up most of the time, proved to house many priceless antiquities,” said Rahul. Vaishnav Leni houses exquisite sculptures but is on the verge of extinction due to the presence of gutter. He also felt that the Archaeological Survey of India and the municipal council have shown laxity and failed to protect the site.

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