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A film by Madhulika Jalali
India | 2021| 67 mins | English, Kashmiri, Hindi | Subtitles in English
The filmmaker’s family left Kashmir in early 1990s as a part of the Kashmiri Pandit exodus due to the armed insurgency. She was six years old at the time and therefore grew up remembering nothing of her home. 24 years later, she went to Kashmir for the first time with her family. That event acted as a catalyst for her to rediscover and retrace her roots with the help of her sisters and extended family. We hear oral accounts of a less documented event and time in the history of Kashmir which reveal the deep connections that go beyond religion and politics. At a personal level, they reveal the cruelty of exile and how it continues across generations.
While the pain and loss of the Kashmiri Pandit community has often gone undocumented, it has also been co-opted to serve various agendas. Now with a certain generation maturing, people are hearing our narratives which are not unidimensional, and this personal story will add to this history which needs to be told.
Following the screening there will be a discussion with the filmmaker.
In collaboration with Vikalp Bengaluru
Madhulika Jalali was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, but brought up in Delhi. She did her Master’s in Film Making from London. Her passion for films led her to move to Mumbai. She has varied experience in films and advertising industry with a forte in production dynamics. She has been a Line Producer for Bollywood feature films like Sherni, A Death in the Gunj etc and has worked on films such as Bombay Velvet, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, etc. She has also been associated with various directors in the advertising industry as an Executive Producer. Apart from this, she continues to work independently on projects for different formats. This is her debut film as a Director.