From A Correspondent
SHILLONG, May 6: The intelligence of the indigenous people of Khasi-Pr is gracefully shown in the documentary film entitled; “U Thied Ka Lawei (Sustaible Root)”, directed by Randolph V. Langstieh.
The film concentrates on the traditiol method of bridge construction. The profundity of the documentary owes to the engineering feat of the inhabitants of the village. ture is always being seen the teacher, guardian and guide for the Khasis which bestows upon all the co-existents their behavioural abilities.
This culture comes to life as the film succeeds in capturing the magnificence of ture in the village of Shiliang Jashar.
The discourse of the documentary expressed in its rrative and music melting into the visuals, authenticate the 21 minutes documentary. The documentary provokes the consciousness of the interdependency of Khasi-Pr community with the environment.
The screening was followed by an interactive panel discussion comprising of three members which includes Ian Khongmen, Toki Blah, Randolph Langstieh drawing insights on the matter.
Randolph introduced his crew members comprising of his students from St. Edmund’s College, Shillong and particularly Ricky Paliar who is the editor and camera capturing the right shots in a six hour ordeal.
The discussion was opened to the audience coming from various backgrounds. Thereon, the discussion turned into an awareness of the wisdom of the Khasi ancestors.
The knowledge of a young boy working and demonstrating the architecture of the root-bridge was commendable. The full employment of tural materials, devoid of any man-made materials is admired and praised by everyone present.
The discussion eventually resulted into a realisation of how the Government schemes have caused destruction to the tural bridges, which replaced them by concrete bridges. This is a huge loss to the sui generis culture of the Khasi-Pr Community.
The film was screened at 6:00 pm at the Asian Confluence, Conference Hall, and followed by a Panel Discussion.
U Thied Ka Lawei depicts Khasi-Prs' traditiol engineering skills
From A Correspondent