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Absurdistan – India’s crazy northeast

Nagaland and six other federal states in northeast India make up the ‘Seven Sisters’. It’s a cultural melting pot full of extremes that has little in common with the rest of the subcontinent. But the region is slowly opening up to tourists.

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The tribal areas in northeast India are full of extremes. The world’s hottest chilli grows there; the world’s rainiest place is there; the region can lay claim to the world’s longest-ever hunger strike and also to the family with the most children. There are bounty hunters as relics of an old macho culture - and the opposite: areas where women are in charge and the men do as they are told. And there’s the country’s largest rhino and tiger reserve, although poachers and the effects of climate change are a threat to both animals. Major problems include mass poverty and widespread human trafficking, particularly of young women. Filmmaker Markus Spieker reports from a region of extremes - sometimes times idyllic, at other times hellish and torn between tradition and modernity.

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