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Above and Below the Ground

Directed by Emily Hong

NOMINEE – Best Documentary Feature

In Myanmar’s first and only country-wide environmental movement, Indigenous women activists and punk rock pastors protect a sacred river from a Chinese-built megadam through protest, prayer, and Karaoke music videos.

This film will screen in person only.

Directed by Emily Hong
Produced by Maggie Lemere and Ja Nang Tsen

Director’s Bio: Emily Hong is a Seoul-born filmmaker based in Philadelphia and Bangkok. Her work seeks to challenge the colonial legacies of anthropology and documentary by creating space to honor non-Western ways of knowing and being. Emily’s short films include “Get By” (2014),”Nobel Nok Dah” (2015), and “For My Art” (2016). Emily is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visual Studies at Haverford College and a Steering Committee member of the Asian American Documentary Network.

Preceded By

Taking Root: Southeast Asian Stories of Resettlement in Philadelphia (Episode 1)

Directed by Oanh-Nhi Nguyen

Taking Root amplifies the stories of Southeast Asians who resettled in Philadelphia after the Wars in Southeast Asia. It highlights the intergenerational impact of structural violence and demonstrates the power of Southeast Asians in resisting and rebuilding in America.

Dates & Times


Asian Arts Initiative

Thu, Nov 2
6:30 pm