Written & Directed by: Anu Malhotra
Produced by: Iqbal Malhotra
Director of Photography: Rajneesh Sharma
Music: Abhishek Ray
The mysterious and beautiful northest hill region of India has been all but sealed off from the outside world. The State of Nagaland lies at the eastern extremity of the subcontinent.
Anu offers an experiential insight into the customary way of life of the Konyak of Nagaland who were feared as headhunters not so long ago. This exceptional presents images of possibly the last generation of actual headhunters.
Anu documents the Konyak living tradition of vibrant festivals sacrifices feasting and the sacred institutions of kingship and tribal council. She gives an insight into the unique qualities of the Konyak culture like the tradition of headhunting and the cult of fertility.
The highlight of the film is the Konyak annual spiring festival aoling with all its energy and color. The Konyak actively re-enact their glory days with colorful rituals headhunting dances war chants, animal sacrifices and feasting which are deeply reminiscent of their rich and vibrant past.
Anu Malhotra is one of India’s top Producer Directors having won over 15 national and international awards for her pioneering and critically acclaimed documentaries television programmes and awareness campaigns.
Anu set up AIM Television in 1994 as a boutique production house and went on to create over 600 hours of quality non-fiction television programming for premiere Indian satellite channels like Zee TV, Sony, BBC and reputed international channels like Discovery, travel channel U.K. France 5 et al. with its stunning visuals and impeccable value Anu’s work has always received rave reviews from audiences and press alike.
She also worked with the BBC world Service Trust as the creative head of it’s Indian project with the specific mission of raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. But despite her remarkable repertoire of work Anu’s first love has always been documentary films through which she hopes to transform the lives and minds of people across and the world.