The film Khoon Diy Baarav enters the vexed political scenario in Kashmir through the lives of families of the victims of enforced disappearances. 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. Made over nine years it explores memory as a mode of resistance, constantly confronting and morphing - from the personal to political, individual to collective. It looks at the ways in which those affected by violence have no choice but to remember.
Iffat Fatima is an independent documentary filmmaker and researcher from Kashmir, based in Delhi. 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. In 2011, she made a short film Where Have You Hidden My New Crescent Moon on enforced disappearances. Her most recent film Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail) explores issues of violence and memory in Kashmir.
Valerie Foster Githinji
South Asia Program
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