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The Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh (2023)

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Of all endangered species in the world the indigenous peoples are the most important ones — not because they are human, but because it is only them, who may show the "civilized" that there is no way of life, which may exclusively be called "right".
D. Quinn, The Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh

The mysterious and beautiful northeast hill region of India has been all but sealed off from the outside world. The state of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Burma and China, is one of the few unspoilt wildernesses in India.

The Apatanis of Arunachal Pradesh presents rare coverage of the Apatanis, the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh. The film is an experiential exploration of the Apatani people and their lifestyle by the Director/ Correspondent, Anu Malhotra. Through the film, the unique qualities of the Apatani culture and the intrinsic wisdom of their customary way of life are documented.

The Apatani live in traditional villages and are famed for their "economic miracle" of terraced rice cultivation and the conservation of natural resources without the use of modern technology. The Apatani society exhibits an amazing level of solidarity due to their societal structure and belief in 'Donyi-Polo', the sun and the moon and the natural world. The Apatani shaman, the 'Nyibu', is the link to their Gods and spirits and conducts all rituals and sacrifices.

The Director/ Correspondent spends time with an Apatani family and closely interacts with them. The film documents a ritualistic sacrifice, the time-honored Apatani legal institution of the Tribal Council, traditional Apatani wedding, funeral and burial ceremonies.

The Beta SP film, with stunning visuals, is beautifully edited to an original musical score, interspersed with ambient Apatani songs and sound. The narrative is simple and emotive, bound to captivate the viewer.

Directors: Anu Malhotra
Writers: Anu Malhotra
Producers: Anu Malhotra
Runtime: 51mn
Country: India
Language: English