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Kashmir to host South Asia film festival

india Updated: Nov 22, 2009 19:45 IST
Amir Karim Tantray
Amir Karim Tantray
Hindustan Times
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The Kashmir valley once again is becoming the center of attraction as it is going to host the three day South Asia documentary film festival starting from Monday.

During the 20 years of volatile atmosphere, people of Jammu and Kashmir were deprived of any such mega event which could have given the media students and common masses the complete knowledge of documentary film making.

Before 1989, Kashmir valley was much more exposed to the Bollywood films as it used to be favourite destination for Bollywood film directors and people of Kashmir were becoming the inseparable part of it. But as the arms insurgency broke out in the state Bollywood left Kashmir valley.

Now, the young generation of Kashmir trying to identify them with the documentary film making and in this regard media education research center (MERC) of University of Kashmir is becoming the torch bearer for such youth.

To promote the documentary film making in Kashmir valley and to give a bigger platform for youth, Anhad institute of media studies (AIMS) in collaboration with educational multimedia research center (EMMRC) of university of Kashmir is hosting a three day South Asia documentary film festival at Ibn Khaldoon auditorium of University of Kashmir from Monday onwards in which total of 23 films will be screened.

Talking to HT, a member of AIMS Tanveer Hussain Khan said, “A total of 23 films will be screened in the festival out of which five films have been produced by MERC students and EMMRC and rest of films are of directors of Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and India.”

Among the famous documentaries are Bhagmati-the queen of fortune directed by a Kashmiri Pandit Ashok Kaul, Nusrat has left the building…But when? by a Pakistani director Farjad Nabi, search for freedom by a Pakistani journalist Munizea Jahangir and many more.

Khan said, “The purpose behind the festival is that youth belonging to media could understand the importance of documentary film making. They will be able to make a difference between Bollywood, Hollywood films and documentary film making.”

There is no restriction for any body and the festival is open for common masses as well so that they could also get aware of documentary film making, Khan added.

Khan believed that organizing such a event is Kashmir valley is possible because youth are now much more educated about the film making and especially the documentary films which was a distant dream 10 years ago when the fear of militancy was still there.