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Up Down and Sideways (Kho ki pa lü)


Location: Redstone Theater

With Anushka Meenakshi and Iswar Srikumar in person

Dirs. Anushka Meenakshi, Iswar Srikumar. 2017, 83 mins. DCP. North American Premiere. Documentary. In Chokri with English subtitles. Up Down and Sideways is a sensory take on the everyday lives of the community of rice cultivators in Phek (a town in Nagaland) and their memories of love and loss created from working together on the fields. On the field, people often come together in farming collectives called müle and work and sing together over many seasons. As the seasons change, so does the music, transforming the mundane into the hypnotic. In the lyrics of their music is reflected the philosophy of Li; the fact that its base polyphonic structure cannot be created with a lone voice. The love that they sing of is a metaphor for the need for the other—the friend, the family, the community—to build a polyphony of voices. An unforgettable sonic and visual journey to a land and people with traditions that have sustain them for generations.

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