Film Screening: Where the Clouds End

Where the Clouds End
Directed by Wanphrang K Diengdoh
52 mins | English and Khasi with subtitles

After the creation of borders between India and her neighbours in 1947, the movement of foreigners into Shillong began to arouse unrest. A people who had previously moved freely in the Khasi Hills began to be seen as an unwelcome influx, threatening the land and purity of the Khasi race.

‘Where the Clouds End’ documents the Khasis’ struggle to claim an authentic ethnicity, racial purity and right to land. It challenges stereotypical notions portrayed by the media of the unwanted ‘outsider’ who threatens traditions, social structures and moral values.

Explored over three chapters, whose titles are the pillars of the Khasi traditional faith, ‘Where the Clouds End’ examines tribal identity as a fluid concept which defies man-made imaginations, historical ideals, political definitions and geographic boundaries.

Cinematography | Editing: Wanphrang K Diengdoh
Music: Tarik | Rida and the Musical Folks
Sound: Reuben Beddoe

The film is funded by the Early Career Fellowship programme of the School of Media and Cultural Studies, supported by the Jamsetji Tata Trust.
Date:  Monday 21st July 2014, 6:30pm
Venue: India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi – 110 003.

Entry is free and seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis