Not Without my Camera
Runtime:8 minutes 22 seconds
Wanphrang K Diengdoh is an independent filmmaker and founder of red dur, a production space for films and music. His work encompasses films, music videos, and installations that delve into the culture and politics of his hometown. Notably, in 2019, he directed a noir-feature “Lorni-the Flaneur” set in Shillong, featuring Adil Hussain as an unemployed detective investigating missing objects in a small town. The film premiered at the prestigious Tallinn Black Nights Film festival, representing the only Indian film competing in the First Feature Category. In 2017, Wanphrang completed "Because We Did Not Choose," a film on indigenous labor's involvement in World War I, which took four years to create and premiered at the Indian High Commission in London. In 2015, he directed "Between the Forest and the Song," exploring the song naming tradition in Kongthong village and its impact amidst modernity. Wanphrang also co-wrote and edited "My Name is Eeooow," which won Best Film at the Royal Anthropological Institute's Ethnographic Film Festival in the UK and the Festival della Lessinia in Italy. Additionally, his documentary proposal "Where the Clouds End" received the Early Career Film Fellowship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, addressing tribal identity and border politics. The film premiered at the United Nations World Urban Forum, Medellin Colombia in 2015. His debut short film "19/87" received multiple awards at the GISFF Film Festival in 2009, and he was awarded the Public Arts Grant for his installation "Kali Kamai" in the same year, which reached the semi-finals of the International Awards for Public Arts in the South East Asian and Middle Eastern region. Wanphrang is also involved in music documentaries and is part of the politico-punk band Tarik, as well as producing music for other acts.