Where the Clouds End

Synopsis
After the creation of borders between India and her neighbours in 1947, the movement of foreigners into Shillong began to arouse unrest. A people who had previously moved freely in the Khasi Hills began to be seen as an unwelcome influx, threatening the land and purity of the Khasi race.

Where the Clouds End documents the Khasis’ struggle to claim an authentic ethnicity, racial purity and right to land. It challenges stereotypical notions portrayed by the media of the unwanted ‘outsider’ who threatens traditions, social structures and moral values.

Explored over three chapters, whose titles are the pillars of the Khasi traditional faith, Where the Clouds End examines tribal identity as a fluid concept which defies man-made imaginations, historical ideals, political definitions and geographic boundaries.

The film has been supported by the Early Career Fellowship of the School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS and funded by the Jamsetji Tata Trust.

Sound Design and Mix: Reuben Beddoe
Music: Tarik, Rida and the Musical Folks

About the Director
Wanphrang K Diengdoh is an independent filmmaker based in Shillong and Delhi. He is the founder of red dur, a production space for films, music and design.

His films, including 19/87 (Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay at the Gauhati International Film Festival 2011, official selection IDSFFK, Kerela 2011), Kali Kamai installation (fellowship received from the Public Arts Grant, Foundation For Indian Contemporary Arts, 2010) as well as his music videos, reflect his interest in the politics and culture of his hometown Shillong, Meghalaya.

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.

Wanphrang finished his Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia and has a certificate in Film and the Historical Imagination from The James Beveridge Media Resource Centre. He is also a member of Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR), a progressive people’s group in Meghalaya.

He is a self-taught musician and produces music for Tarik, an audio-visual music project based in Delhi and Shillong.