The Apatani of Arunachal Pradesh

CHANNELS: Discovery, France 5
FORMAT: Digibeta
YEAR: 2002-2007
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The Apatani of Arunachal Pradesh is an experiential exploration of the Apatani, the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh by Anu Malhotra. This compelling film documents the unique qualities of Apatani culture and the intrinsic wisdom of their customary way of life.


The film presents a rare insight into the Apatani belief system of Donyi-Polo’, the sun and the moon and the natural world whom the Apatani shaman, the ‘Nyibu’ can access, through rituals and animal sacrifices.


The Apatani of Arunachal Pradesh captivates with its amazing visuals and narrative. It importantly documents ritualistic sacrifices, a traditional Apatani wedding, funeral and burial ceremonies and tribal council of this amazing community, which is poised on the brink of huge transitions, as living traditions fade and new generations are more aligned with a pan Indian socio-cultural ethos


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