WHERE THE CLOUD ENDS
Documentary 52 mins | English | Khasi with subtitles | Year of production 2014 Official selection Royal Anthropological Institute, Bristol, UK Official selection Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film, Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California United Nations World Urban Forum, Medellin, Columbia
“My late paternal great grandfather was a Bengali who came to Shillong in the early 1900s – long before the present political border divided the lands.” After the creation of the border between India and it’s neighbours in 1947, the movement of foreigners into Shillong gradually began to arouse unrest. A people who had previously moved freely in the Khasi Hills suddenly became an unwelcome influx, threatening the land and purity of the Khasis. ‘Where the Clouds End’ documents the Khasis struggle to claim an authentic ethnicity, pure racial identity and subsequent right to claim land. It challenges stereotypical notions portrayed by the media of the unwanted ‘outsider’ who threatens traditions, social structures and moral values. Within the framework of three chapters, whose titles are the pillars of the Khasi traditional faith, ‘Where the Clouds End’ explores identity as a fluid concept which defies man-made imaginations, historical ideals, political definitions and geographic boundaries.