Screening & Discussion: 3rd i NY Presents: Excerpts from "My Kashmir" with Filmmakers and Guests

Tue, December 18, 2012 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Tickets: $5 General (Free for Alwan members)

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My Kashmir (Vaishali Sinha, Madhuri Mohindar, English, 20m Work-in-Progress Exerpts, 2012, New York)

Excerpts from the documentary-in-progress "My Kashmir" will be screened followed by discussion on the Kashmir conflict, youth and activism, and peace and human rightswith the filmmakers, anthropologist Mohamad Junaid, and Ethiopian author Mazaa Mengiste.

"My Kashmir"is a documentary on two young Kashmiris in one of the most contentious and militarized regions in the world, Kashmir, India. For two college students Javaid and Iqbal, a childhood rife with curfews, crossfires and crackdowns has given way to a generation questioning their lack of freedom, while carving a peaceful path to their future. Theirs are the voices of young people who hold the key to Kashmir's future.Kashmir is a place celebrated for its legendary beauty and culture. This is also the place where tens of thousands have died in the midst of years of conflict and deadlock between India, Pakistan and separatist Kashmiris as each lays claim to the region. By bringing to light the human stories of these young Kashmiris who are invested in peace, we hope to promote the voices of a generation that has grown up in one of South Asia's oldest and deadliest conflicts,presenting a unique perspective and raising crucial dialogue about the future of Kashmir, the cost of militarization, human rights violations, and the desire for justice.

About the Speakers

Vaishali Sinha co-directed/produced the feature length documentary "Made in India" about the human experiences behind the phenomenon of outsourcing surrogate mothers to India. Her work earned her a grand jury award for best documentary feature at the Florida Film Festival as well as the San Francisco International Asian American FIlm Festival. Vaishali's other films include 'Red Roses' which is about South Asian women coming to the U.S via family obligations and 'Choose Life?' which is about abortion and choice which won her an award for best narrative at the New School University.

Madhuri Mohindar

Madhuri Mohindarhas produceda number of documentaries exploring immigration, racial justice, and women. She produced thenew media and video documentary campaign 'Restore Fairness' for human rights organization Breakthrough with her documentary'Death by Detention' winning a DoGooder TV Nonprofit Video Award.Her other films include 'Red Roses'exploring the lives of South Asian women who come to the UnitedStates through marriage and family.She is also Associate Producer for 'Personality.' a documentary centered around an aspiring Bollywood background dancer.

Mohamad Junaid

Mohamad Junaidis a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at The Graduate Center CUNY, and teaches at Lehman College. He grew up in Kashmir and has contributed an essay to the recently publishedUntil My Freedom Has Come: The New Intifada in Kashmir(Haymarket Books, 2012). His writings on Kashmir have appeared inEconomic and Political Weekly, Aljazeera, Greater Kashmir, Himal, Tehelka etc.

Maaza Mengiste

Novelist Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in the U.S. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared inThe New York Times,BBC Radio 4andGranta, among other places. Her award-winning debut novel,Beneath the Lion’s Gazewas named one of the 10 best contemporary African books by theGuardian. She writes fiction and nonfiction dealing with migration, the Ethiopian revolution, and most recently, the plight of sub-Saharan immigrants arriving into Europe. At work on her second novel, she has just completed a documentary project (GIRL RISING)with 10x10 Films that focuses on girls' education worldwide.

"My Kashmir" screening is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


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.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with 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.

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