Above and Below the Ground

tells the story of brave indigenous women activists and punk rock pastors who come together in the struggle for environmental self-determination in Myanmar’s war-torn North. A last line of defense for communities caught between coveted natural resources, military cronies, and profit-hungry multinationals, these activists fight back the best way they know how--through protest, prayer, and Karaoke music videos.

Director & DP: Emily Hong


Full credits

Key characters: Lu Ra, Hkawn Mai, BLAST rock band (Awng Lum, Li Li, Seng Ni)

Producer: Maggie Lemere

Myanmar Impact Producer: Tsa Ji Additional Cinematography: Zau Myit Ding, Salaw, Mun
Story Producers: Zau Mai, Hkawn Mai

Technical Specs


Anticipated Running Time: 70 minutes

Language: Jinghpaw, English