"Khoon diy Baarav" ("Blood Leaves Its Trail”), film screening with Iffat Fatima
October 4, 2017 –
DATE: Oct. 4, 2017
TIME: 4 p.m. screening
LOCATION: Global Collaboratory, Eggers 060
Sponsors: INSCT and Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Q&A with film-maker Iffat Fatima to follow.
The conflict in Kashmir is among the long-standing political conflicts in the world. It has taken a heavy toll on lives, on sanity and on the idea of normalcy. 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 explores memory as a mode of resistance, constantly confronting reality and morphing from the personal to the political, the individual to the collective.
Struggling to find new ways of expression – storytelling, art, symbol and ritual – sometimes spilling out on to the streets, it looks at the ways in which those affected by violence have no choice but to remember. The chain of memory, often non-linear, is both their defense as well as their act of defiance against powerful instruments of the state that try to erase their individuality.
The film 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.
The film appeals for a political resolution to the Kashmir issue, which has by now affected five generations of people in the region.