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Speakers

Director, Producer & Actor
Film Educator
Interlocutor

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 19 May 2024

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Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

2022 | 99 mins | Kashmiri, Urdu with English Subtitles | India/France/Qatar

In the last three decades, approximately eight to ten thousand cases of enforced disappearances have occurred in Kashmir. Mostly young men picked up by the Indian security forces, never to return home. Until now, more than six thousand unmarked graves have been discovered in Kashmir. The relatives of the disappeared persons believe that their loved ones may be buried in these graves, but the State refuses to conduct DNA tests to identify the bodies.

In the city of Srinagar, Nargis searches for her missing husband, Manzoor, until she is forced to hopelessly return to her village home. With a little help from a local man Yaseen, she silently toils away on an exquisite weave. But the quiet of the Kashmiri winter is like the silence of the graveyard, waiting to be shredded by what lies buried within.

Maagh (The Winter Within) is a tragic tale of Kashmiris’ struggle for self-determination, and freedom from state oppression. An oppression, ripping apart the social fabric, under which, it is Nargis, a woman, who shows greater commitment to the ideas of justice and freedom.

The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with Director, Aamir Bashir and Film Educator, Basav Biradar. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Speakers

Aamir Bashir

Director, Producer & Actor

Born in Srinagar, Kashmir, Aamir Bashir is a professional actor based in Mumbai, India. After his schooling in Kashmir, Aamir graduated in History from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and went on to study Law at the University of Delhi. After working in television as a news correspondent and a travel show host, Aamir moved to Mumbai in 1998 to pursue a career in acting.

Aamir’s commitment to acting has seen him excel in many films such as Frozen, Haider, Gurgaon and Laal Kaptaan, as well as well as acclaimed webseries like Sacred Games and Inside Edge.

Maagh (The Winter Within) is his second film after his directorial debut Harud (Autumn) (2010) which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Urdu in 2012.

Basav Biradar

Film Educator

Basav is a writer, critic and filmmaker based in Bangalore. He teaches Film at the Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Basav’s writing has appeared in leading Indian publications such as – The Caravan, The Hindu, Outlook India, Film Companion, The News Minute, Open Magazine and many more.

He has also contributed an essay to the anthology Where Gods Dwell – Thirteen temples and their (his)stories. Basav’s recent film In Search of Gold was selected for screening at several Film Festivals. He is also the founder of a history collective called the “Historywallahs.