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Interrogating Indian Democracy: "Jashn-e-Azadi" - a film by Sanjay Kak

Mar 21, 2014, 2pm-4:45pm

 "Where truth has been an early victim, all language – speech, poetry, even cinema – becomes inadequate to describe what we know and feel here."  - Sanjay Kak.


Above: Scene from Sanjay Kak's film Jashn-e-Azadi - Soldiers

Acclaimed independent Indian filmmaker Sanjay Kak is the featured guest of the Shan and Jaya Chandrasekar Visiting Artist/Scholar Residency program based in the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University.

Kak presents a public screening of his controversial documentary Jashn-e-Azadi. York film Professor Ali Kazimi will moderate an audience Q&A following the screening.


Above: Scene from Sanjay Kak's film Jashn-e-Azadi - Photo of a martyr

JASHN-E-AZADI (How We Celebrate Freedom)
2007 (138 min) - Kashmiri/Urdu/English with English subtitles

Jashn-e-Azadi is a searing exploration of the Kashmiri freedom movement - and the many meanings of freedom ("azadi") in Kashmir, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent.

Bringing together the personal and political, the film tells the story of a population trapped between terrorists and the army in an armed struggle encompassing almost two decades and many tens of thousands of civilian casualties.

View a trailer of the film

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About Samjay Kak

A self-taught filmmaker based in New Delhi, Sanjay Kak is actively involved in the documentary film movement and the Campaign against Censorship and Cinema of Resistance project. His productions reflect his interests in ecology, alternative approaches and resistance politics. In addition to the landmark titles Jashn-e-Azadi (2007) and Red Ant Dream (2013), his extensive filmography includes One Weapon (1997), about democracy in the 50th year of Indian independence; In the Forest Hangs a Bridge (1999), about the making of a 1000 ft. bridge of cane and bamboo in northeast India (Golden Lotus Best Documentary - National Film Awards; Asian Gaze Award - Pusan Short Film Festival, Korea) and Words on Water (2002), about popular resistance to the damming of the Narmada Valley in central India (Best Long Film - International Festival of Environmental Film & Video, Brazil). Kak also writes occasional political commentary and is the editor of Until My Freedom Has Come – The New Intifada in Kashmir (Penguin India 2011, Haymarket Books 2013).


Location:Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto
Sponsor:Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts
Web Sitehttp://film.finearts.yorku.ca/news-events/events
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