Room 407 Cathedral of Learning
Join us for a free screening of Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood leaves its trail) and discussion with filmmaker Iffat Fatima.
Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood leaves its trail) enters the vexed political scenario in Kashmir through the lives of families of the victims of enforced disappearances. The film is a non-sequential account of personal narratives and reminiscences ruptured by violence, undermined by erasure, and over-ridden by official documents that challenge truth. Made over nine years it explores memory as a mode of resistance, constantly confronting and morphing from the personal to political, individual to collective. It looks at the ways in which those affected by violence have no choice but to remember.
Iffat Fatima is a Delhi-based independent documentary filmmaker and researcher from Kashmir. Her films include, Lanka: The Other Side of War and Peace; The Kesar Saga; In the Realm of the Visual; and Boojh Sakey to Boojh. Her video installation, Ethnography of a European City: Conversations in Salzburg, questions some of the assumptions in the east west polarity/ dichotomy /disparity. She did the audio-visual design for Gold Dust of Begum Sultans, an exhibition at the IGNCA and co-edited a compendium Bread Beauty Revolution: Khwaja Ahmad Abbas (1914-1987). Since 2006, she has been working on the issue of enforced disappearances in Kashmir in collaboration with the Association Of Parents Of Disappeared Persons (APDP). In 2011, she made a short film Where Have You Hidden My New Crescent Moon on enforced disappearances. Her most recent film Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail) explores issues of violence and memory in Kashmir.
Sponsored by the IndoPacific Council, Asian Studies Center, Film Studies Program, Cultural Studies Program, and Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh.