Close to the India - Myanmar border is
 the village of Phek in Nagaland. A land that has been in a conflict with India over its independence for roughly 80 years. Around 5000 people live here, almost all of whom cultivate rice for their own consumption. 
As they work in cooperative groups —preparing the terraced fields, planting
 saplings, or harvesting the grain and carrying it up impossibly steep slopes —
the rice cultivators of Phek sing.

 As the
 seasons change so does the music. Song of love, stories of the field, stories of song, stories in song together they build an unforgettable polyphony of voices. Up Down & Sideways’ is a musical portrait of a community of rice cultivators whose song reveal the link between community, music, and food production in one of the most alluring corners of India.