Naga Lives: Shorts
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These three short documentaries offer portraits of individuals living in Nagaland. Nagaland history and the region’s creeping modernization come into view through the examination of these Naga lives. The films include:
The Story of a House
2010, India, Sophy Lasuh and Sesino Yhoshu, 5 min.
The fifty-five residents of one house live in Nagaland during the day and sleep in Myanmar at night. A very rare meeting with the tribal chief reveals why this is happening and how it is possible.
Journey to Nagaland
2010, India, Aditi Chitre, 26 min.
Journey to Nagaland is a short animated documentary about a young girl who is led to a distant land by the force of her visions and goes on a journey to discover her mother’s origins.
2010, India, Sesino Yhoshu, 9 min.
An intimate portrait of the filmmaker's grandfather as he reflects upon his life experiences in Nagaland. The film, which also serves as a portrait of the region, brings us from his childhood, through the loss of his daughter and father during the Indian occupation, and into the present day.
About the Speaker
Heather Layton is an interdisciplinary artist and Senior Lecturer of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester. She received an MFA in painting from the State University of New York, New Paltz, in 2002 and a BFA in art education from Syracuse University in 1997. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in countries including India and Pakistan. After visiting Nagaland in 2010, Layton established a cultural exchange with Nagaland University and in 2011 hosted five Naga filmmakers in Rochester.