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Film on Kashmir tragedy set to be released on Saturday

New Delhi, March 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): From school-going boys to the victims of firing on mass protests, the story of physical and psychological trauma on the people of occupied Kashmir would be retold to the Indian audience this month. And the lament this time comes in the form of ‘Textures of Loss’.

The 61-minute documentary from the lens of famed Indian documentary filmmaker, Pankaj Butalia is a new addition to the growing list of documentaries and feature films on the Kashmir tragedy.

It showcases the Kashmiris’ sufferings and the sense of loss among individuals or families whose loved ones were consumed by the conflict in past 23 years.

The film is scheduled to be screened in New Delhi on March 23 at India International Centre and on April 5 at India Habitat Centre. “The idea behind making the documentary was to make people feel the sense of loss among Kashmiris who lost their loved ones in two decades of conflict. So we went to the families of victims, the children who lost their parents or young people who have suffered, and tried to show their sense of loss,” Butalia told in a media interview in New Delhi.

“We faced difficulties mostly from Army,” Butalia said. “We were shooting Army convoy near Singhpora (Pattan) one day. We did our best not to attract attention of the Army, but due to a drain or something the convoy slowed down and the Army men noticed us. Suddenly, two trucks with machine guns loaded on them came to us and made us show to them the footage.”

The troops forced the crew to delete the footage of Army convoy. “Some important shots were thus lost,” Butalia said. Screening of the films has also faced resentment from authorities and certain sections of the Indian society in the recent past.

The screening of ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’, for instance, was not allowed at Delhi University. Similarly, ‘Ocean of Tears’ was not allowed to be screened at University of Kashmir despite the fact that it was funded by a government of India body.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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