Hmar Bamboo Dance

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Hmar Bamboo Dance

FAHREL TAWK LAM

This personal project was supposed to be completed 3 years ago. Due to so many blessed work we have been getting, it had to be delayed. But I’m proud and happy it’s done. And want to share a quick personal backstory to this short film.

My wife and I married in India. Ever since I visited the first time. I fell in love with Manipur and it’s culture. The country opened my eyes in many new levels. The humbleness and love Manipuri bring is unparalleled. What also stood out is the passion in the Hmar Tribe when it comes to singing.

Did you know Hollywood made a movie about my wife’s tribe? Based on true story of a Hero known as Ro. And I am blessed to have met him before his recent passing.


The third visit to India’s purpose was to introduce our little Amelia to her roots. And for her village to meet her too. It was an amazing experience to celebrate her 1st birthday in a village with her true tribe. Shortly after, we were invited to join the King of Churachandpur (or Chief as the Tribe like to call it) and witness a beautiful tribal performance. It is known as Bamboo Dance. And if any of you are from China, India or similar nearby cultures, you might just get nostalgic seeing the performance as they are all very similar.

So hearing about this dance with my sister in law as one of the performers, I requested if I can film her. And given with permission I did just that. I really enjoyed the performance. (Actual video top of this blog) Shortly after the beautiful dance, some of the folks saw me with my equipment and approached me. I was told of the story of how the dance started:

A couple of Hmar girls were grinding rice to make some special recipe for their family. It required heavy labor, as you can see in the video. During their little break, the men got drunk and started to mess around with big wooden grinders known as Pestle or in Hmar “Fahrel” (the ones girls used to grind rice against the cupped plank) and were simply just playing with the girls until it became as the “Fahrel Tawk Lam” which means “The Coming of Pestles to Make Music”

Learning this, I want my girls to know this rich history. And I thought to myself, why not make the film. The performance is here. I’m here too, and the village is full of talent. And filming it, will guarantee the history will not be forgotten. In less than a few days before flying back home, we gathered everything and everyone together and filmed the mini production all in 2 days. It was an amazing experience and we are thankful to everyone who was involved. And thanks to Jeffrey D Tusing, my brother from another Mother, for also putting in many hours and resources for making this happen.

Also, this video is more special to my wife and I since Little Amelia was casting in the film too as the baby. Her middle name is tribal, “Lalremruot” meaning “The Lord’s Will”.

If God is willing, we would like to make multiple short folklore romance films and also remake the true story of Ro and how the Head Hunters came about meeting Jesus just a century ago!

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Featured Wedding: Ludi & Marie, TheKnot

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Featured Wedding: Ludi & Marie, TheKnot

Ludovic & Marie

Check out Ludi & Marie's 59 second InstaTease to see why this couple got featured in TheKnot. I promise you it's not an ordinary relationship we had the privilege to film :)

I remember the countless phone calls prior to meeting them. They asked many questions and were thrilled in planning their wedding day! I loved it. The more questions = closer relationship with them. I'm so thankful they invested their time for us. Beautiful couple inside and out. And my favorite part from this couples' love story and from what I understood is this:

Ludovic made photo collage and wrote love notes to Marie. I believe this was during College/University. Because of Marie's parents she was afraid they would discover the love and disapprove. So in order to protect the love she would rip every evidence. Ludovic caught on. And guess what Marie received as her wedding gift? You're right, goodie materials and original love letters from Ludi. Her true love, Ludovic, collected all the ripped notes and later reatached them! Talk about goosebumps!

I learned this story on their wedding day myself as well while filming the bride during bridal preps. Even I caught myself getting teary eye and I thought I've seen everything...

Below at 1:30 into the their true love story, you'll see her holding them laminated!

-Article/blog written by Andrey Solo himself.

Here is the issue featured by TheKnot.

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WHAT IS RAW?

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WHAT IS RAW?

I get a lot of brides asking me, "What is RAW?"

To make it short, RAW is unedited original content. In other words, everything that we have filmed with, including separate audio files. So from start to finish of your special day, whatever we filmed (the good, the bad and the ugly) you will get.

So if it's unedited, why would I want it? Good question. You don't know you want it but let me help you discover it. If a vendor provides RAW footage, that means you get complete control of your wedding content. And it's good. This also means, even if you did only order a 3-6 Minute teaser from us, you will STILL have the flexibility of ordering more edits in the future. Documentary Edits or Extended Creative Edits.

Cool right? Well, let me go a little further. Hold onto your socks! 

If you do plan on doing more edits in the future, you have the RAW footage, not me. In other words, you don't have to come back to us for more edits. You can go to anyone to do the edit for you. If you are extra lucky, you may marry the one who knows how to edit, but there will have to be convincing to do lol 

But all in all, our couples end up coming back to us to do more edits, surprisingly. I didn't expect this to really happen, but I guess it's a good thing to show to all our couples we will never take advantage of them! 

In conclusion, if you want to be financially smart, because we all know weddings aren't cheap and all have a budget or perhaps you aren't sure what edit you want... RAW footage is for you! Whether you like it or not you'll get it from us because we know it's sentimental value and those memories are included with any package you choose with us :) and yes HardDrive is included. Peace of mind right?


For couples that are thinking of ordering more edits through us in the future, we just want to give you an heads up that we cannot guarantee same price since we always have to fluctuate our price based on demand. If you want to lock onto the current price, make the deposit. Otherwise we cannot honor the price if it has changed.

So far, demand just gets higher. This is an inside info I probably shouldn't be sharing, so don't tell my wife. And second, if you do order any edits, keep in mind we have other patient couples waiting for their final wedding package so we will put you in line. Just inquire us for more details about this. 

So if you do have the funds to invest a little more into our post production, I strongly encourage it. But at the same time my wife and I love being able to show flexibility for any couple who desire to work with us and have peace of mind :)

Here is an is an image of how our post production workflow looks like. And by now it's even bigger. Which is why our post production is not speeding up, it's taking longer due to growing technology and attention to detail. Thankfully all our couples understand and are patient with us. We have the best clients!!!

And no, we do not accept any outside weddings. Thank you for understanding and happy wedding :)

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