The film attempts to understand the relationship of a traditional hunting community, the Yimchungrü tribe of Nagaland; with the animals and birds found in the forests around their village, Fakim. It shows the significance of hunting in a tribal society and ways in which it is adapting to a rapidly changing cultural and ecological landscape. Situated near the Indo-Myanmar border in Nagaland, Fakim is a small village, where the people share a unique coexistence with the environment. In the urban world, the word ‘hunting’ has several preconceived notions attached to it. It is often perceived as a taboo and never regarded as an art or a tradition. Rooted in rich culture, this film intends to re-define hunting as a concept, as seen in the past, the present, and in the future. The film explores if it is possible to reach a balance between the practice of hunting and the practice of conservation. The film does not look at the act of hunting in isolation, but reveals a complex web of interdependencies of the people with the forest and the society they live in.
Harsimran Kaur Anand is a young, dynamic filmmaker, specializing in non-fiction film. She has worked with several not-for-profit organizations on subjects like forest rights and climate change adaptation. She has converted her passion of watching films, shooting still and moving images and travelling into her way of life. She makes films because it gives her a unique and revised perspective into various subjects.
She has won several awards including for the ‘Newcomer’ category at 8th CMS Vatavaran Film Festival (New Delhi, India); Golden Beaver for the Best Film in college student category at the 7th National Science Film Festival (Kolkata, India); Winner of the ‘Technical Excellence Award’ in ‘Sound Recording and Design’ and ‘Cinematography’ at the 7th National Science Film Festival (Kolkata, India); Winner of Best Documentary (Student) at the 4th Indian Cine Film Festival (Mumbai, India); Winner of the Technical Excellence in ‘Direction’, ‘Cinematography’ and ‘Editing’ at the 4th Indian Cine Film Festival (Mumbai, India); Winner of ‘The Future Award’ for Best Documentary at Future is Today Film Festival (Mumbai, India) and the ‘Best Documentary Award’ for the Dr. Satish. C. Seth Memorial award for Films with a Futuristic Vision at Future is Today Film Festival. (Mumbai, India).