Up Down & Sideways

83 minutes / Colour / 2017
Directed by
Anushka Meenakshi Iswar Srikumar

Country of production India

We are delighted to screen Up Down and Sideways, the winner of the Ethnomusicology Film Award 2019, which is presented in collaboration with the British Forum of Ethnomusicology.

Almost all of the 5000 inhabitants of the village of Phek in Nagaland, India (close to the border with Myanmar) cultivate rice for their own consumption. As they work in cooperative groups, 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 and 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.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest Special Interest

Language and subtitles Other

Location(s) depicted Phek, Nagaland (India)

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