Lifelines: A film on life in the Indian Himalayas


In a village 2500m high in the Indian Himalayas, life is changing. Many of the younger generation seek to chart a new course, different from those of their parents. This is one man’s story of juggling responsibilities and fighting for dreams, both for himself and for his community.

This short documentary is part of a research project on education, unemployment and social change in South Asia, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Social geographer Dr Jane Dyson is based at the University of Oxford and has worked in the village in Uttarakhand since 2003.

Lifelines from Ross Harrison on Vimeo.

About the filmmakers

Dr Jane Dyson is a Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Jane has worked in the village for over a decade. Her doctoral research in the village focused on children’s work and is published in a book by Cambridge University Press titled ‘Working Childhoods: Youth, Agency and the Environment in India’.

Her current work in the village, with Craig Jeffrey, is part of a collaborative project exploring the politics of educated, unemployed youth in Sri Lanka, Nepal and India, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.

More details of Jane’s work can be found here.

Ross Harrison is a freelance filmmaker from Oxfordshire, England. His work includes documentaries, online commercials, music videos, events coverage and independent projects. He provides video production services for charities, research institutions, businesses and individual clients, and is an experienced director, camera operator and editor. Filmmaking has taken him to Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and India.

More of Ross’s work can be found here.

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