Cinema for Change: There Was a Queen

Join us at T2F on Tuesday for the screening of the documentary film, There Was a Queen.

cinemaforchange.gifDirected by Kavita Pai and Hansa Thapliyal, this powerful documentary highlights women’s initiatives in Kashmir’s 17-year conflict, in which women have been the worst sufferers. From looking into the brave fight many women have put up, to the efforts of others who joined empowerment avenues, the film stresses how the brunt of the struggle is faced by women, as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives.

Fahana’s sister Shahnaza, and her friend Ulfat, victims of ‘crossfire’, would have been adult women today. When they died, they were seventeen, as old as Tehreek, that exploded into existence in 1989, shattering forever the peace of the Valley, turning it into one of the most critical conflict zones in the world.

Gauri Patwardhan, the editor of the film, will be available after the screening to answer questions.

About the Directors

The two film makers started this film looking for peace initiatives in the conflict-torn region of Kashmir. Their search took them to different parts of Kashmir where they met many women who were eager to talk about their lives under siege and how difficult it was for them to think of ‘Peace’.

Kavita Pai is a documentary filmmaker who lives and works in Mumbai. This is her first full length documentary.

Hansa Thapliyal is a Mumbai-based short and documentary filmmaker. She has been keenly involved in the setting up of Godaam, an archive on Mumbai and Kashmir, at the Majlis Cultural centre.

Language and Duration: Kashmiri / Urdu with English subtitles, 124 minutes

Date: Tuesday 22nd January, 2008

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