A DISCUSSION ON TWO SHERDUKPEN LANGUAGE FILMS
Northeast Today|June 2021
The Sherdukpen dialect, which does not have a written script, is spoken by the Sherdukpen tribe residing in the Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Dipankar Sarkar

Four feature films have been made in this dialect so far. These are Sange Dorjee Thongdok’s Crossing Bridges (2013) and Sherdukpen-Hindi bilingual River Song (2018), Dorjee K Thungon’s Besmeh (2014), and Bobby Sarma Baruah’s Mishing (The Apparition, 2019). These films provide a platform for the viewers to understand the societal structures and everyday lives of the Sherdukpen community. These films are part of a trend that represents a growing awareness of diversity in spoken languages and ethnicity of the region.

Through the visual depiction of traditional and ethnographic details, the filmmakers have addressed the cultural spaces, anxieties, and concerns of the indigenous tribe. Crossing Bridges and Mishing won the National Film Award for Best Film in Sherdukpen and have participated in various film festivals.

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