blogflash: screenings in the US / Dec 2008

This December there will be a short series of campus screenings in the US of two recent films by Sanjay Kak which address the varied legacies of Indian nationalism and Gandhian nonviolence:

Words on Water (2002) focuses on 20 years of non-violent struggle by the displaced farmers and tribals in the Narmada Valley, and on the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement).

Jashn-e-Azadi (How We Celebrate Freedom, 2007) examines the violence of the last two decades in the struggle for azadi–freedom–in Kashmirs’ complex history with India.

Filmmaker Sanjay Kak will be present to answer questions at all screenings.


Dec 1 (Mon) : Boston MA / MIT : Words on Water
MIT South Asia Forum & Alliance for a Secular & Democratic South Asia [MIT Room 32-124, 6.30pm] [ Abha Sur <> ]

Dec 2 Tue : Boston MA / Harvard University : Jashn-e-Azadi
Harvard GSAS ALAAP – The South Asia Society & SAJ [Graduate Students Lounge, Lehman Hall, Dudley House, 6pm [ Garga Chatterjee <> ]

Dec 3 Wed : Boston MA / Tufts University : Jashn-e-Azadi
Fletcher School [Mugar 200, 5pm] [ Shahla Hussain <> ]

Dec 5 Fri : Ann Arbor MI / Univ of Michigan : Jashn-e-Azadi
CSAS [1636 SSWB, 3pm] [ Sreyashi Dey <> ]

Dec 7 Sun : Springfield IL / University of Illinois Springfield : Jashn-e-Azadi
[Brookens Auditorium, 1.30pm] [ Ritu Saksena CSAMES <> ]

Dec 8 Mon : Normal IL / Illinois State University : Jashn-e-Azadi
[110 Center for the Visual Arts, 1pm] : [ Ritu Saksena CSAMES <> ]

Dec 9 Tue : Urbana Champaign IL / University of Illinois Urbana Champaign : Jashn-e-Azadi
[Spurlock Museum, 3pm] [ Shefali Chandra <> ]

Dec 10 Wed : Greencastle IN / DePauw University : Jashn-e-Azadi
[Watson Forum, Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, 4pm] [ Mona Bhan <> ]

Dec 11 Thu : San Francisco CA / California Institute of Integral Studies : Words on Water
[Rm 607, 6th Floor, 1453 Mission Street (btw. 10th and 11th) 4.30pm]  [ Pei Wu <> ]

Dec 12 Fri : Berkeley CA / University of California, Berkeley : Jashn-e-Azadi
CSAS [Evans Rm 0010, 3pm] [ Puneeta Kala <> ]


1 Response to “blogflash: screenings in the US / Dec 2008”

  1. 1 nitish January 15, 2009 at 11:33 am

    does anyone even read this blog?
    sudhir kak has justifications for the terrorism in kashmir? for uprooting of kashmiri pandits? instead of any attempts at integration or improvement, the film encourages balkanization of india. that’s very myopic. if such a large nation cannot take care of itself, there is no reason to believe J&K or any other splinter state will be able to fend for itself given the regional divides and hostilities.

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Jashn-e-Azadi is available through various online outlets like amazon

You can now buy a DVD of the film, or Download it and watch
More than two years in the making, Jashn-e-azadi [How We Celebrate Freedom], is a feature length documentary by film-maker Sanjay Kak which explores the implications of the struggle for Azadi, for freedom, in the Kashmir valley.

Click here to watch the Trailer

As India celebrates the 60th anniversary of it's Independence, this provocative and quietly disturbing new film raises questions about freedom in Kashmir, and about the degrees of freedom in India.

And here is a short Interview with the film-maker.

This Jashn-e-Azadi blog is an open forum for conversations about the film, about Kashmir, and about Azadi itself.

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Festival screenings

May 26, 2008 / International Video Festival of Kerala
Apr 28, 2008 / Dok.Fest
Feb 10, 2008 / Himalaya Film Festival
Nov 28, 2007 / International Documentary Festival
Oct 12, 2007 / Film South Asia
July 22, 2007 / Osian’s Cinefan film festival

Previous Previews

7 Dec 2007 / School of Oriental & African Studies & Sacred Media Cow
6 Dec 2007 / Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds
Egham, Surrey
3 Dec 2007 / Royal Holloway, University of London
New Delhi
26 Nov 2007 / Russian Centre of Science & Culture & Magic Lantern Foundation

New Jersey
Oct 5, 2007 / College of New Jersey
New York City
Oct 4, 2007 / Columbia School of Journalism
Oct 2, 2007 / University of Texas
Sep 28, 2007 / Temple University
Sep 27, 2007 / University of Pennsylvania
New York State
Sep 26, 2007 / Vassar College
New York City
Sep 25, 2007 / New School for Social Research
Sep 23, 2007 @ MIT
Sep 22, 2007 / SALDA
Sep 21, 2007 / University of Toronto
New Haven
Sep 20, 2007 / Yale University
Sep 18, 2007 / University of Minnesota

Aug 10, 2007 / Pure Docs, Prasad Preview, Banjara Hills

interrupted previews!! [[ MUMBAI ...
July 27, 2007 (Fri)
Vikalp: Films for Freedom @ Bhupesh Gupta Bhawan, 85 Sayani Road, Prabhadevi
July 30, 2007 (Mon)
Vikalp: Films for Freedom @ Prithvi House, Juhu...]]

July 14, 2007 / Institute of Agrl. Technologies, Queens Road
July 13, 2007 / Centre for Film & Drama, Millers Road
June 13, 2007, Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Hall
June 12, 2007, National Film Archive of India Auditorium
May 29, 2007, Blue Moon Hotel
May 26, 2007, Assam Club, Laban
May 12, 2007, Hindi Bhavan Hall
March 31, 2007, Tagore Hall
New Delhi
March 23, 2007, Sarai-CSDS
New Delhi
March 13, 2007, India Habitat Center



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