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KASHMIR (KASHEER) ART CULTURE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR AZADI # 147

11:00, Friday 19th June, Cinema 1

Director: Elayne McCabe, Queens University Belfast
Year of Release: 2014
Duration: 51 mins
Country of Production: India-controlled Kashmir via USA
Location: India-controlled Kashmir
Ethnic Group: Kashmiris
Language: English, Kashmiri with English subtitles

Kasheer is an ethnographic film examining artistic production in the disputed territory of India-controlled Kashmir. The legacies of a catastrophic insurgency and indefinite militarization by Indian security forces produces stark social and political complexities embedded in daily life. Kasheer portrays three local visual artists who work to make sense of tragedy and to reformulate a cultural identity inextricably linked to their aspirations for azadi (freedom) from Indian rule. Lushly photographed, this film creates space for thoughtful reflection amid a deeply polarized political discourse.

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