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Kezang D Thongdok of Arunachal Pradesh wins 2020 Dada Saheb Phalke Award for ‘Chi Lupo’ – documentary on Honey Hunting

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Arunachal Pradesh filmmaker Kezang D Thongdok ’s documentaryAn independent filmmaker, Kezang D Thongdok won the 10th edition Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2020 for his documentary “Chi Lupo” – showcasing the practice of collection of honey from the perched rocky hilltops.


He is currently working on a documentary Khiksaba about an unexplored festival of Shertukpen tribe.

Chi Lupo:

i.The documentary Chi Lupo portrays the customs and practices of the Shertukpen community.

ii.The Chi in the title of the documentary refers to honey and Lupo refers to hunter.

iii.The 26 minute long documentary directed by Kezang won the best documentary at the 10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Awards.

iv.The documentary is aimed to create awareness about the negative effects of modernisation on the practice of honey hunting and to educate the future generation about honey hunting.

Shertukpen community:

i.Honey hunting is the tradition practice of Shertukpen community.

ii.The men in this community set out for the honey hunting expedition in the winter (October and November).

iii.The honey hunters use an indigenous bee suit, which protects them from bees.

iv.The native hunters are from Thongri and Jigaon village and only 4 – 5 honey hunters are left in the community.

v.The community inhabits the 12 villages in the Kameng district of Western Arunachal Pradesh.

About Arunachal Pradesh:
Chief Minister– Pema Khandu
Governor– Brigadier (Dr.) B. D. Mishra
Capital– Itanagar