Screening | Blood Leaves Its Trail

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:00pm

Khoon Diy Baarav | Blood Leaves Its Trail
Iffat Fatima, 2015, 93 min

The film follows the trail of the thousands of young men of Kashmir who “have been disappeared” since 1990, the personal loss and agony their families are going through, and the resistance offered by them to the state. Raising issues that resonate with the movement of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, this film offers a compelling, and moving documentation of both state repression and resistance. Made over nine years, the film offers rare footage of Kashmiri women, both outside and inside the home, and bears witness to their understanding of this political moment. Reviews have hailed it as a “nothing-short-of-stupefying video chronicle  …. a compelling narrative in which personal anecdotes and case studies intersect and shuttle back and forth and, like so many coiled springs, hit out at us with their revelatory and emotive force.”

Iffat Fatima is an independent filmmaker from Kashmir. Her documentary films include, Lanka - the other side of war and peace (2005), The Kesar Saga (2000), In the Realm of the Visual (1998), and Boojh Sakey to Boojh (1996). Her most recent work is a compendium on the writings of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, one of India’s foremost filmmakers and writers of the 1960’s. Since 2006 she is working in Kashmir on the issue of Enforced Disappearances in collaboration with the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), a collective of the family members of the victims of enforced disappearances in Kashmir, campaigning for information on the whereabouts of their disappeared kin.

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