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Adi | At The Confluence

Far east in the Himalayan border of India and China, lives the tribal Adi people, by the river Siang. The Adi culture is beautiful and unique with shamanic chants of their mythologies of origin, animistic rituals around nature and amicable resolution of disputes in their traditional courts.cd743b_929ecb0c99c142a7b32a439c191201983

With the memories of 1962 Indo-China war still fresh, China now reasserts its territorial claim of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the Adis.

This conflict is also extended to the water, and is becoming a great Dam war. On both sides of the border mega dams are being built on the elegant Siang that originates in Tibet, turns sharp through the Himalayas and flows down through the Adi villages to join the mighty river Brahmaputra in the valley of North East India.

Will peace return to the borders? Will the Adis stay Indian? Will the mega dams have a catastrophic effect on the rivers – both Siang and the Brahmaputra downstream? Will this tribal culture and language survive – orally, without a script? Will India and China get into a dialogue? Through a series of encounters with the Adis by the Siang, near the old town of Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, this journey probes for answers and portrays their inspiring resilience and hope.

Filmmaker, Joor Baruah

Filmmaker, Joor Baruah

Filmmaker Joor Baruah, now based in California, United States, was born in the northeast Indian state of Assam. He is personally invested in giving a voice to the tribes of the northeastern states, a much neglected part of India.

Joor Baruah is an alumni of University of California, Santa Cruz, where he earned his MA in Social Documentation (Documentary Filmmaking) from the department of Film+Digtal Media.
Joor Baruah’s story-telling is inspired by the folk songs of his mother Rose Baruah, his uncle Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and the work of filmmakers like Dziga Vertov, Satyajit Ray and Santiago Alvarez
 
cd743b_c427337efbb7483c949ecfb6e94e291a1The documentary Adi | At The Confluence is now being shown in film festivals in various countries including – United States, India, Germany, Greece, Argentina, Colombia, Malaysia, Canada and Italy. Premiered at the historic Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz, California in June 2016, it has so far won Best Documentary awards in 15th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival 2016 and 9th Annual Hamilton New York Film Festival 2016.
It has also been chosen as finalist in the documentary category in SILA Festival, San Pietro Magisano (CZ), Italy, 2016; Mountain Shadow Film Society, California, 2016; 6th Annual Guam International Film Festival 2016, International Short Film Festival of Psarokokalo | Athens, Greece 2016, Festival Internacional de Cine y Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2016 and for the ‘Golden Aphrodite Award’ at the 11th Annual Cyprus International Film Festival 2016. The film involves an eclectic mix of international and local advisors and crew from the California bay area ranging from creative advisor B. Ruby Rich, production advisor Jennifer M Taylor, sound engineer Paul Zahnley and musician Ittai Rosenbaum amongst others.
The film (extracts) has also been presented in prestigious documentary and film conferences like 23rd Annual Visible Evidence 2016 (the leading conference on documentary scholarship) in Montana, United States; Long Beach Indie International Film, Media + Music festival, Long Beach, California and 5th Annual IAFOR FilmAsia ~ conference on Film & Documentary, Kobe, Japan – as a part of a paper “Audio Visual documentation of Borderland Spaces and People”.
The documentary is supported by BLUM Center for Emerging economies, Florence French Fund and Arts Fund for Excellence.
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Photography by www.theaditribe.com

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