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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

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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