Above and Below the Ground tells the story of daring indigenous women activists and rock musicians who come together in the ongoing struggle against the Myitsone Dam and for environmental self-determination across their native Kachinland. Through investigation, protest, prayer, and music, they test the boundaries of tentative democratic reform in Northern Myanmar, and work to create a future in which native peoples have the right to care for and protect their own lands and natural resources.
Above and Below the Ground, a feature-length documentary film, is being produced collaboratively with a team of Kachin activists and videographers from northern Myanmar, including those directly impacted by the Myitsone Dam. During the pre-production process, we facilitated a 3-month practice-based series of workshops focused on music video and documentary production with rock group BLAST, environmental organization Kachin Development Networking Group, and Kachin media-makers. Workshop sections included (1) Shooting (2) Editing and (3) Storyboarding & Impact Planning. BLAST’s new album of music videos as well as Above and Below The Ground are both reflections of the training and collaboration initiated during this process.