LIFELINES # 113

09:00, Thursday 18th June, Cinema 1

Director/Anthropologist: Jane Dyson, University of Oxford
Year of Release: 2014
Duration: 15 mins 59 secs
Country of Production: UK
Location: Uttarakhand, India
Ethnic Group: Garhwali
Language: Hindi and English with English subtitles

Life under the peaks of Nanda Devi is one of hard agricultural labour. But in a village 2500m high in the Indian Himalayas, an energetic younger generation seek more. Working collectively and with extraordinary determination, this is one man’s story of juggling responsibilities and fighting for dreams, both for himself and his community. Anthropologist Jane Dyson has worked in the village for over a decade. This character-driven documentary is an attempt to make sense of some of the changes that occurred over that time. Tragic and hopeful in equal parts, it sheds light both on individual dilemmas, and on the wider class struggles of a marginalized people.

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