Wanphrang K Diengdoh is an independent film maker and is the founder of red dur, a production space for films and music. His films, music videos and installation works reflect his interest in the culture and politics of the space he comes from. In 2009, he was awarded the public arts grant from the Foundation of Indian Contemporary arts for his installation Kali Kamai. In 2011, his debut short film bagged all the awards at the GISFF Film Festival.
In 2013, he was awarded the ‘Early Career Film Fellowship’ from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, for his documentary proposal ‘Where the Clouds End’ – a documentary about tribal identity and border politics. The film was screened at the Royal Anthropological Institute, Bristol and also at RAI festival in Los Angeles. It was also screened at the United Nations World Urban Forum, Medellin, Columbia.
In 2015, he directed Between the Forest and the Song, a film that explores the song naming tradition in Kongthong Village and the implications of modernity in tribal spaces.
He has just completed a 92 minute film on the participation of tribal labour in the First World War. The film shot in India, France, England and Wales took four years to complete. The film released in September 2017. Wanphrang also co-wrote and edited My Name is Eeooow. The film was awarded the prestigious Intangible Culture prize at the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Ethnographic Film Festival in the UK in 2017. He is currently filming his first feature length fiction piece with Adil Hussain.
Wanphrang has also directed several music documentaries. He is one third of the politco-punk band Tarik and also engineers recordings and produces music for other musical acts.