A River and its Valley (1998) – Documentary


Jahnu Barua


The film traces the different cultures and lifestyles on the banks of 900 km long journey of the river Brahmaputra in India. The river starts its journey in the Tibetan Plateau as Tsang-Po, enters India flowing through the north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and exists to Bangladesh flowing out into the Bay of Bengal as Padma. In India the river supports the living cultures and livelihoods of 30 million people of different ethnicity. The film presents a series of cultural practices that are dominated by the river. The film also explores several myths related to the river. The film uses the meandering river to explore the cultural, political and economic life of the people who live on the riverbanks.

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