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It is an interesting development in Kashmir and this one news item has given me so much of relief than a 100 beers. I have always dreamt of a peaceful kashmir, a conflict free West Asia (the west calls it Middle east) and a resource rich happy Africa truly and colourfully wonderful. And when I read the news in a local newspaper it was a happy moment for me, that atleast my dream is inching nearer.
Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Cultural and Languages is organising a film festival and the background being a film festival held a couple of years that was hugely successful. This time around the govt has planned and is looking for the films made on Kashmir by Kashmiris. The perspective of the kashmiris on Kashmiris. So in a setting that is heavenly and serene as crystal (ofcourse dotted by Terror incidents and bloodshed and exaggerated by both national n international media) even imagining a film festival is a spine chilling event where fatwas rule the peoples minds. There would be it seems 40 documentaries screened in Srinagar and of which8 would be by the kashmiris themselves and 11 of them from other states 6 from across the world others would be short films . Isn’t it wonderful?
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Prior to the insurgency, the Kashmir Valley alone had 18 cinema houses.
The Neelam is currently the only functioning cinema hall in Kashmir, but it shows films to just a handful of people at a time.
In 1990s a ban on entertainment was imposed by the militants
Since the late 1980s, when insurgency exploded in Kashmir, militant outfits such as the Allah Tigers have issued a series of morality-based diktats, ordering cinema owners to pull down their shutters. Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the Faith), a women’s separatist organisation, has long rallied against perceived degeneracy in Jammu & Kashmir, and has many times marched through the streets of Srinagar, attempting to ensure that cinema halls were darkened. Similar bans have been imposed on liquor shops and street vendors selling fashion and film magazines.
“People in states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam generally speak one language whereas here we have people speaking different languages viz Kashmiri, Dogri, Urdu, Hindi, English, Budhi, Balti, Dardi, Sheena, Punjabi, Pahari, Gojari, etc. our’s is the land of many religions and faiths. Even the food habits, dresses etc are diverse here. All this can be documented through films to showcase it for the outside world”, Chief Minister said.
Girls in the Jammu region dressed in traditional Kashmiri costume
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the first part of the festival, being organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Cultural and Languages in collaboration with the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry, had already been held in Jammu from June 13-14
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Not only had most festival-goers never attended a similar event, many had never even been in a cinema hall. Shafia Wani, a college student, said that she was more excited about the ambience inside the hall than about watching the films themselves. “There is a need to revive cultural activities in the Valley,” she said. For most Kashmiris in Shafia’s generation, entertainment has been – and remains – limited to the confines of the family house.
As dusk sets in, doors and gates in the Kashmir Valley are quickly shut and padlocked, restrictions on night-time movement having long been routine. “The fear of the gun, of the combat-gear-wearing trooper, is always there,” says Mariah Majid, an undergraduate student from Hyderpora, in uptown Srinagar. “No one can gather courage to roam around freely after dusk sets in. Here, darkness brings more darkness. It throws us back into the Stone Age.” Mariah, who also attended the recent film festival, called the experience a “bonanza …We hardly get to see films on the big screen!”
“Little Terrorist”, a 15-minute short film by Ashwini Kumar, was the first to be screened Wednesday at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex on Dal Lake.
The film is about a little boy from Pakistan who strays across the international border and finds himself in Rajasthan, India. While others view the boy with suspicion, a Hindu teacher adopts him.
And finally look at the effects of GLOBAL WARMING on the faith of millions of HINDUS in India and World over…..
Look at more rains that are making the lives of fisherman pathetic