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Above and Below the Ground

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In Myanmar’s first and only country-wide environmental movement, Indigenous women activists and punk rock pastors defend a sacred river from a Chinese-built megadam through protest, prayer, and Karaoke music videos.

Thank you to our screening partner: Asian Arts Initiative

All Access pass holders receive complimentary entry with their pass. Please arrive at the theatre at least 15 minutes before showtime to secure your seat.

Directors Spotlight

Emily Hong


Emily Hong is a Korean American visual anthropologist and filmmaker based in Philadelphia and Bangkok. Her work seeks to challenge the colonial legacies of anthropology and documentary filmmaking by creating space to honor non-Western ways of knowing and being. Emily is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual Studies at Haverford College, a co-founder of Ethnocine and Rhiza Collectives, and a Steering Committee member of the Asian American Documentary Network. Her work builds on fifteen years of facilitation, organizing and campaigning experience with grassroots movements in Asia and the US with a focus on Indigenous rights, environmental and economic justice.

  • Year: 2023
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Country: Myanmar, US, Thailand
  • Language: Jinghpaw, Burmese
  • Director: Emily Hong
  • Animator: Pace Ford
  • Cinematographer: Emily Hong, Ding Ding, Mun, Zauring
  • Composer: Martin Crane
  • Editor: Sophie Brunet, Aacharee Ungsriwong, Loulwa Khoury
  • Music: BLAST
  • Producer: Maggie Lemere, Ja Nang Tsen, Emily Hong
  • Sound Design: Ernst Karel
  • Premiere: World

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