Screening & Discussion: 3rd i NY & Deep Dish TV Present - India: Repression & Colonialism in the "World's Largest Democracy"

Thu, November 17, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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A lecture by David Barsamian and screening of Jashn-e-Azadi (How We Celebrate Freedom) by Sanjay Kak

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About the Speaker
David Barsamian has been a frequent visitor to India for 40 years. An accomplished writer and interviewer, he has co-authored books with Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Arundhati Roy, Eqbal Ahmed, Tariq Ali and Howard Zinn. His weekly radio show “Alternative Radio” is heard on over 130 stations in the U.S. He has lectured in India and Pakistan. In a 2009 appearance at Carnegie Hall with the Kronos Quartet he interviewed Howard Zinn. In 2010 David was refused a visa to enter Pakistan for his criticism of the Pakistani government and its relationship with the U.S. And in September 2011 he was refused entrance to India at the New Dehli airport because of his coverage of India’s occupation of Kashmir.. Currently India has 700,000 troops occupying Kashmir, one soldier for each 11 people, the most intensive occupation in the world and the Indian government is waging a massive war against its own indigenous population.

About the Film: Jashn-e-Azadi (How We Celebrate Freedom)


It’s 15th August, India’s Independence day, and the Indian flag ritually goes up at Lal Chowk in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. The normally bustling square is eerily empty– a handful of soldiers on parade, some more guarding them, and except for the attendant media crews, no Kashmiris. For more than a decade, such sullen acts of protest have marked 15th August in Kashmir, and this is the point from where Jashn-e-Azadi begins to explore the many meanings of Freedom–of Azadi–in Kashmir. Sanjay Kak’s documentary attempts to shake the issue that is ‘Kashmir’ at its core, its core of human tragedy, human despair, human affliction, and of the human spirit’s endurance, resilience and resistance. It begs the pertinent question of what often seems to get missed in the tangled web of this conflict, in its political climate, nationalism, religion, allegiance and all of the other factors that seem to fuel the imbroglio… What about the people of the Valley?

About the Director
Born in Pune in 1958, Sanjay Kak attended St Stephen’s College, Delhi and the Delhi School of Economics where he studied Economics and Sociology.Sanjay Kak lives in New Delhi where he has been active in the Campaign Against Censorship in India, and works closely with the Delhi Film Archive. His film In the forest hangs a bridge (1999) received the “Golden Lotus” for Best Documentary Film at the 1999 National Film Awards in India. The film also won the “Asian Gaze” Award at the Pusan Short Film Festival, Korea. His other work includes One Weapon (1997), a video about democracy in the 50th year of Indian independence, and Harvest of Rain (1995), made in association with the Centre for Science & Environment, New Delhi. His films on the theme of migration, looking at people of Indian origin in the fringes of the city of London This Land, My Land, Eng-Land! (1993) and in post-apartheid South Africa A House and a Home (1993) have been widely screened. He has also produced and directed Cambodia: Angkor Remembered (1990), a reflection on the monument and its place in Khmer society.

About the Co-Presenters

Since 1986, Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent videomakers, programmers and social activists. The network has produced and distributed over 300 hours of television series that challenge the suppression of awareness, the corruption of language, and the perversion of logic that characterizes so much of corporate media.

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About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

Our Sponsors

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by NYSCA and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2011-11-12 20:26:12

David Barsamian
David Barsamian
Sanjay Kak
Sanjay Kak

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