Up Down & Sideways
산을 휘감는 노래
  • International Competition
Synopsis 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-length film from the u-ra-mi-li project, a larger body of work that looks at the connections between music and labour.
Anushka MEENAKSHI 아누슈카 미나크시
Anushka MEENAKSHI has worked as a filmmaker, and a community video trainer. Iswar SRIKUMAR is an actor and a lighting/sound designer for theatre. Iswar and Anushka are both members of Perch, a performance collective in Chennai comprising of artists from various disciplines. In 2011, they started the u-ra-mi-li project (the song of our people), which focuses on stories about music in the everyday, through writing, photograph, performance and film.
Iswar SRIKUMAR 이스와르 스리쿠마르
Director Anushka MEENAKSHI, Iswar SRIKUMAR
Country India
Year 2017
Running Time 83min
Genre Documentary
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NameUramili Project
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