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

A short documentary movie Chi Lupo, which is based on the custom of honey hunting among the Sherdukpen tribe of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, won the best documentary award at the 10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, 2020 in New Delhi.


Kezang D Thondok, an independent filmmaker, made the documentary. He hails from Rupa in West Kameng district and earlier worked as a crew member in the making of several regional films. However, Chi Lupo is his debut short documentary.

The documentary was shot through June and July 2019, during the summer honey hunting expedition. Such expeditions are also made during October-November.

A Sherdukpen movie Besmeh, wherein he worked as an actor and editor, won the Prag Cine Awards in 2015.

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