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05 Jun, 2016

Khoon Diy Baarav

Tickets : £3.00 to £4.00

The film Khoon Diy Baarav made over nine years, enters the vexed political scenario in Kashmir through the lives of families of the victims of enforced disappearances.

It is a non-sequential account of personal narratives and reminiscences ruptured by violence, undermined by erasure and over-ridden by official documents that challenge truth. Opening out the real and the human as against the abstract and the brutal, the film seeks to confront advocates of amnesia in Kashmir as well as in other conflict zones. It questions the militaristic approach to resolve political problems, by which communities and lives within it get invaded and destroyed, even as it shatters personal dreams and desires.

Iffat Fatima is an independent filmmaker from Kashmir, based in Delhi. Her documentary films include, Lanka - the other side of war and peace (2005): on the history of overlapping conflicts in Sri Lanka, The Kesar Saga (2000): on storytelling in Ladakh, In the Realm of the Visual (1998): on one of India's most prolific and versatile artist and designer Dashrath Patel, Boojh Sakey to Boojh (1996): on the contemporary understanding of the 13th century Sufi poet and scholar Amir Khusro. Her films have been screened at important venues and film festivals all over the world.

In 2014, she edited a compendium, Bread Beauty Revolution on the writings of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas. In 2010, her video installation, Ethnography of a European city: Conversations in Salzburg, which questions some of the assumptions in the east west polarity/ dichotomy /disparity traveled to Berlin, Brussels, Zagreb, Vienna and Salzburg. In 2004, she completed a Fellowship on, Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts, at the Brandeis University, Boston, USA. In 2001, she was awarded the Asia Fellowship for her work in Sri Lanka, Intercommunal Relations and Education: The Sri Lankan Experience.

Since 2006, in collaboration with the Association Of Parents Of Disappeared Persons (APDP) she is working on the issue of Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir and in 2009 made a short film, Where have You Hidden My New Moon Crescent. She very recently completed her long documentary Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail) which enters the vexed political scenario in Kashmir through the lives of families of the victims of enforced disappearances.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A

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