Above and Below the Ground

ABOVE AND BELOW THE GROUND tells the story of brave indigenous women activists and punk rock pastors who come together in the struggle for environmental self-determination in Myanmar’s war-torn North. A last line of defense for communities caught between coveted natural resources, military cronies, and profit-hungry multinationals, these activists fight back the best way they know how--through protest, prayer, and Karaoke music videos.

Emily Hong Emily Hong
Director, Cinematographer

Emily Hong is a Seoul-born and New York-raised visual anthropologist, filmmaker, and social change strategist with a decade of experience in Myanmar and Thailand. Emily’s films combine feminist,... more»

Maggie Lemere Maggie Lemere

Maggie Lemere is a filmmaker, oral historian and storytelling strategist. She’s been a conflict researcher, human rights trainer, refugee caseworker, and filmmaker across the U.S., Africa, Asia... more»

Tsa Ji Tsa Ji
Myanmar Impact Producer

Tsa Ji, originally from Kachin State’s Hukawng Valley, is the co-founder and General Secretary of the Kachin Development Networking Group. Tsa Ji travels widely across Kachin State for social... more»

Additional Credits

Ja Htoi Pan (Producer)
Ding Ding (Camera Operator)

Genre: Documentary