Because We Did Not Choose

Documentary Film Screening

English, Khasi, Welsh, Pnar (with English subtitles)
Time:06:30 pm

When and Where

Date:Wednesday 13 September 2017
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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100 years have passed since the First World War began- the war that was the beginning of all wars. Nations and communities all over the world have directly or indirectly been affected by it. Some of these experiences are evident today while some have been forgotten as time glosses over pages of history. This meticulous documentation of the journey made by the labourers to the war front took 4 years of research and filming in Shillong and other adjoining villages, Guwahati, Kolkata, Chennai (where the German sinker Emden struck a portion of Fort St. George in 1914) France, Wales and England. The film was also shot in France with the help and support of the Commonwealth War graves Commission. ​ Because We did Not Choose is the only film from India that examines the participation of indigenous labour from North East India in the theatres of the First World War.

Wanphrang K Diengdoh is a film maker based out of India and the UK. In 2009, he was awarded the public arts grant from the Foundation of Indian Contemporary arts for his installation Kali Kamai. The installation was a semi-finalist in the International Award for Public Arts, Middle Eastern and Central Asian region.In 2011, his debut film ’19/87’ bagged all the awards at the Guwahati International Short 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. His most recent film ‘My Name is Eeooow ’was awarded the prestigious Intangible Culture prize at the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Ethnographic Film Festival, Bristol in the UK in 2017.He is now filming his full length fiction film set in Shillong and Brighton that deals with the intricacies of the Khasi matrilineal society.

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