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Film Screening - kho ki pa lü / Up Down & Sideways


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#IIHSin invites you the screening of kho ki pa lü / Up Down & Sideways, directed by Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar, and produced by Manas Malhotra. Join us at our Bengaluru City Campus at 6:30 pm.

This screening is free, and open to all. The directors Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar will be present after the screening!

Runtime: 83 minutes
Language: Chokri with English subtitles

“If not for you, I have no other true love
When we work together the sun sets early
Without you I am nothing”

Close to the India - Myanmar border is the village of Phek in Nagaland. Around 5000 people live here, almost all of whom cultivate rice for their own consumption. As they work in cooperative groups — preparing the terraced fields, planting saplings, or harvesting the grain and carrying it up impossibly steep slopes — the rice cultivators of Phek sing.

The seasons change, and so does the music, transforming the mundane into the hypnotic. The love that they sing of is also a metaphor for the need for the other - the friend, the family, the community, to build a polyphony of voices. Stories of love, stories of the field, stories of song, stories in song.

‘Up Down & Sideways’ is a musical portrait of a community of rice cultivators and their memories of love and loss, created from working together on the fields. It is the first feature film from the u-ra-mi-li project (Uramili), a larger body of work that looks at the connections between music and labour.

This project has received a Research and Documentation grant from the India Foundation for the Arts.

Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/zJsCbJfICoY
Visit the u-ra-mi-li website here: http://www.uramili.in/project/updownsideways

Film Crew

Direction: Anushka Meenakshi & Iswar Srikumar
Producer: Manas Malhotra
Associate Director: Ruokuobeituo Bibi Soho
Camera: Anushka Meenakshi, Iswar Srikumar & Tarun Saldanha Editing: Anushka Meenakshi & Iswar Srikumar
Music: Community of Phek VillageSound
Design: Allwin Rego & Sanjay Maurya
Sound Mix: Vishnu Das & Debajit Changmai
Colour/ DI: Dilshad Nanji
Executive Producers: Sreeram Ramanathan & Sumeet Kamath