We, the Zeme
A Documentary Film about the First Zeme Olympics
10 – 17 December 2019
The Oxford Documentary Film Institute has been invited to Nagaland in India to cover the First Zeme Olympics, and we have launched our fundraising appeal!
Meet the Production Team
Aditya Kiran Kakati
Aditya Kiran Kakati concluded his doctoral thesis titled Living on the Edge: How encounters with global war (WWII) re-made the Indo-Burma frontiers into bordered-worlds at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, in International History, with a minor in Anthropology and Sociology. He was a Junior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna (September-December 2018) and former Albert Gallatin Fellow in International Affairs, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA (September 2016-August 2017). His dissertation shows how global warfare, cultural and military knowledge came together to disrupt frontier governance. This re-calibrated the socio-political realignments in the India-Myanmar borderlands and created cultural, spatial and ecological particularities and anticipates processes of codifying certain norms of violence, governance and organization of post-war and post-colonial societies. It seeks to historicise contemporary debates on political violence and anticipates discourses of democratic organisation, development and militarization through deeper understanding of how knowledge infrastructures were codified through regimes of ethnography, security, warfare and expertise in encrusting specific imaginations of ‘closure’ of frontier spaces and populations after the experience of global war. His MA thesis was an ethnographic project titled Eating Ethnic Enclaves: Cultural Encounters in Liminal Spaces of Eating in the Context of Migrations from the Eastern Himalayan Region. The research was on emergence of ethnic cuisine, restaurant and labour cultures, which re-configured identity politics and socio-cultural relations arising from the context of minority community migrations from borderland conflict zones within India. He was born in Assam, in Northeast India and pursued most of his school education there, and thereafter completed his undergraduate degree from St Stephen’s College in New Delhi. During this time, he had been a political leader as President of the Student’s Union Society. Aditya had previously founded and lead several societies and group initiatives during his undergraduate and early postgraduate years. These pertained to writing, photography and leading political, culinary and literary forums, which included management of events, conducting cultural exchange opportunities and tours, seminars, education consulting, media communications, editing and publications.
Kartik Sharma is a filmmaker and health researcher studying MA Health Humanities at University College London (UCL). He has explored the Arts & Films in India and Thailand to communicate about health and social issues, specifically by organising and documenting festivals such as Public health theatre festivals and mental health art festivals.
He recently collaborated with the Public Health Film Festival’18 at Oxford. Above this, he has previously made short films on Obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD), Stuttering, Antimicrobial Resistance, a documentary on a homosexual Korean Christian priest. His next short film explores Multiple Personality Disorder(MPD) and a documentary on Early age nutrition in the Bangladeshi community in East London.
Jocelyn Murgatroyd is passionate about conserving natural, cultural and built heritage. She has an MSc specialising in Primatology, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology and qualifications in project management, international development and Archaeology.
Jocelyn has managed conservation projects, organised expeditions, led teams, engaged with communities and conducted outreach in Britain, Africa and Papua New Guinea. This has included a chimpanzee census, large mammal surveys, monitoring elephants, ringing birds, conducting anthropological research, addressing human-wildlife conflicts and advising NGOs.
She has recorded oral history interviews in Kenya and Cornwall, and loves filming and photographing traditional festivals, folklore, customs and rural life.
Jocelyn lives in the coastal countryside of Cornwall, in the south western corner of the British Isles, combining wildlife conservation with recording the culture of the Cornish, who have minority status. (For example see “Redruth Wassail: Reviving a Cornish Community” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ekd2rZ-uQk )
Jocelyn worked with Dr. Alison Kahn on “Captured by Women”, an anthropological film archive project connected to the Pitt Rivers Museum, researching Ursula Graham Bower’s work in Nagaland.