Finding community

Despite not being from the region, the directors of Nocturnes and Flickering Lights were able to faithfully document stories from the Northeast by building bridges first

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Ranjita Ganesan
“What do you call moths in your language? ‘Chungnuk?’ ‘Jugnu?’” “Like a firefly?” “No, chungnuk.” This exchange between researcher Mansi Mungee and her assistant Bicki — spanning the Bugun, Hindi, and English languages — is captured in Nocturnes, a documentary about the secret world of hawk moths set in the Eastern Himalayas. Bound as the film’s human protagonists are by the pursuit of elusive insects, it is a reminder that Mungee is visiting from a distant city, while Bicki is a Bugun local from Arunachal Pradesh.

The scene also reflects the spirit of curiosity and learning that first brought directors Anirban
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First Published: Feb 09 2024 | 10:33 PM IST

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