Jashn-e-Azadi is again travelling to Thrissur, Kerala, as part of Kashmir – Before Our Eyes package which will screen on August 29, 30, and 31 at the Kerala Sahitya Academy, Changampuzha Hall. The travelling event has been curated by Ajay Raina and Pankaj Rishi Kumar for FD Zone, Mumbai, and organised by Films Division Thrissur Zone, Naz Media, and Thrissur Chalchitrakendram.
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But there is a screening scheduled for August 25th (Sunday) morning as part of the FD Zone screenings of the Kashmir – Before Our Eyes package hosted at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai with documentaries, features, short films, readings and discussions on Kashmir.
The full programme is listed at https://www.facebook.com/events/1403728749848464/?ref=3
The schedule says the screening will be followed by a Panel Discussion moderated by Nirupama Subramaniam, Journalist with The Hindu. More details will probably become available closer to the date. We’ll keep you updated.
Jashn-e-Azadi will screen in Mumbai on June 2nd, 2013 (Sunday) at 10 am as part of the FD Zone screenings, where film-makers Ajay Raina & Pankaj Rishi Kumar have curated Kashmir – Before Our Eyes, with documentaries, features, shorts, readings and discussions on Kashmir.
May 31, Jun 1, Jun 2 2013 / Venue: RR Theatre, 10th floor, Films Division, 24, Pedder Road, Mumbai – 400026
The screenings /discussions are free and open to all. The full programme is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/470268336381379/
MAY 31, 2013 – Friday (4.00 PM to 6.00 PM)
ROOTS OF THE CONFLICT: The nationalist discourse
STORM OVER KASHMIR
1948/ Non-Fiction/English/45 Min/B. D. Garga /Films Division.
A DIARY OF AGGRESSION
1966/Non-Fiction/English/23 Min./ NVK Murthy/Films Division
Discussion about India Pakistan wars, discussants TBA
MAY 31, 2013 – Friday (6.30 PM to 8.00 PM)
Special India Preview
VALLEY OF SAINTS
2012 / Fiction/English/82 Min/Musa Sayeed /USA
JUNE 1, 2013 – Saturday (10 AM to 1.00 PM)
PARADISE: Kashmir then and now
BEFORE MY EYES
1988 / Non-Fiction/English/24 Min/Mani Kaul /India
LOLAAB – A valley in the Himalayas
1990/ Non-Fiction/English/57 Min/Mohiuddin Mirza/India
PARADISE ON A RIVER OF HELL
2003/ Non-Fiction/English/30 Min/Abir Bashir Bazaz – Meenu Gaur /PSBT/India
JUNE 1, 2013 – Saturday (2.00 PM to 4.00 PM)
THE LAST DAY
2013/Fiction/Kashmiri-Hindi/12 Min./ Siddhartha Gigoo /India
TELL THEM, THE TREE THEY HAD PLANTED HAS NOW GROWN
2001/Non-Fiction/Kashmiri-English/58 Min./ Ajay Raina /PSBT /India
JUNE 1, 2013 – Saturday (4.15 PM to 6.15 PM)
WHERE HAVE YOU HIDDEN MY CRESCENT MOON
2009/Non-Fiction/Kashmiri- English/28 Min./ Iffat Fatima/ India
AUTUMN’S FINAL COUNTRY
2005/Non-Fiction/Kashmiri- English/66 Min./ Sonia Jabbar / India
JUNE 1, 2013 – Saturday (6.30 PM to 8.30 PM)
BUB (The Father)
2009/Fiction/Kashmiri/120 Min./ Jyoti Sarup / NFDC/ India
JUNE 2, 2013 – Sunday (10.30 AM to 1.30 PM)
2007/Non-Fiction/Kashmiri-Urdu-English/139 Min./Sanjay Kak/India
JUNE 2, 2013 – Sunday (2.30 PM to 3.45 PM)
PATHER CHU JAERI (The Play is on)
2001/Non-Fiction/Kashmiri-Urdu-Hindi/44 Min./ Pankaj Rishi Kumar /PSBT/India
JUNE 2, 2013 – Sunday (3.45 PM to 5.45 PM)
APOUR TI YAPOUR. NA JANG NA AMAN. YEI CHU TALUKPETH
(Between Border and the fence. On the edge of the map)
2011/Non-Fiction/Kashmiri-Urdu-English/78 Min./ Ajay Raina /PSBT/India
JUNE 2, 2013 – Sunday (6.00 PM to 8.00 PM)
THE LONG AUTUMN AFTER WINTER:
2012/Fiction/Urdu/99 Min./ Aamir Bashir /India
In conjunction with the special exhibition The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 the Smart Museum of Art, Doc Films, and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies at the University of Chicago will present two documentary films “that blend the personal and political to address critical issues in contemporary India: Sanjay Kak’s controversial Jashn-e-Azadi (May 7) and Anand Patwardhan’s epic Jai Bhim Comrade (May 14)”.
The screening of Jashn will be introduced by program curator Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture & Society, Bangalore and co-author of the Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. A reception with the program curator will follow the screening.
For more do check on the Smart Museum’s event page
Tags: Sanjay Kak, screening news, South Asia Council
For Jashn-e-Azadi, this week begins with a screening on Feb 24th at Thrissur in Kerala, where it will show at the Vibgyor International Film Festival.
This will be followed by a screening at on Feb 27th at New York University, part of the South Asia Documentary Screening Series curated by NYU Libraries.
This has been a busy month: the last screening, organised by the student group AISA at the Delhi School of Economics, Dept of Sociology turned into an event far outside of itself. From the day it was announced, the screening was under scrutiny by the usual stalwarts of the Right Wing. (And the Deccan Herald began to describe the film as “Symbiosis banned”, whatever that means.) Although the usual suspects showed up to ‘protest’ the event, the picture accompanying the report in The Hindu makes clear that the ABVP (and the unfortunately named Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena) are not yet a major force on the Delhi University campus. (Estimates for that day varied from 15 to 20 youths)
But the reports in the Indian Express and particularly in The Times of India, draw attention to something remarkable that happened that afternoon on campus. Simply put, the Dept of Sociology stood its ground, and insisted upon its right to show such material as was thought appropriate for the students. Dr Nandini Sundar, Head of the department, read out to the students the letter written to the Proctor, which said that
“the film screening in question is a routine matter in our department, and it has never been the practice to take permission for such screenings which pertain to our academic program.”
In the face of this clear and unambiguous position, both the University authorities, and the Delhi Police were forced to support that stance. The Times of India quotes the Dy Commissioner Police (North), I B Rani’s quite significant response:
“Since it was a private screening, there was no need for students to seek permission from us. The film was shown inside the classroom. We had, however, decided to station our officers at the spot after getting intelligence inputs that certain groups might protest in the area.Though some protested outside the venue, we did not need to arrest or detain anyone”.
Later AISA issued a statement which can be read here on kafila.org
(Not many noticed that the same day as the Dept of Sociology screening, a smaller, more quiet screening was held by the Informal Discussion Group at St Stephen’s College. An excellent discussion followed… Different strokes work for different folks)
Perhaps there is a lesson in this for those at the Symbiosis College in Pune (and the Pune Police) whose reaction was to crawl when they were simply asked to bend. Our previous post has some of the links to that story, but in case you missed those you could start with the excellent coverage in The Hindu. If you want to draw cheer from the sad goings on in Pune, there is an excellent post by a student of Symbiosis, Akshat Jitendranath. We like to think that Akshat had been provoked by a commentary a few days earlier on the same site by the redoubtable Shuddhabrata Sengupta.
Kafila.org also carries an excellent account of a more samizdat screening held last week at Presidency College, Kolkata, posted by one its organisers, Waled Adnan. Apart from an ‘alert’ that appeared in the Indian Express, the coverage in the Kolkata editions of The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, and the Indian Express do give a sense of the possibilities of student action! All power to students!
As you can see, a busy week for a 5 year old film!
In this last week Jashn-e-Azadi has been in the news again, sparked off by the cancellation of a screening scheduled at the Symbiosis university in Pune. In the attendant fuss that always accompanies such incidents, one story keeps cropping up. On twitter, on television, and on the net. This refers to the cancellation of a screening of the film ‘And the world remained silent’, at an undergraduate college in Delhi in August 2007, and the role of Jashn-e-Azadi (and its makers, I suppose) in edging out this film.
That there was no truth in this allegation was made clear only a few days later by Sanjay Muttoo, visiting faculty at the same college, but this clarification from the teachers who had scheduled the screenings has obviously had little effect. (Truth, as we have heard said sometimes, is no defence!)
This week a respectable Mumbai newspaper, the DNA, once again repeated the same old story of how a screening of ‘And the world remained silent’ was pushed out by Jashn-e-Azadi. This falsehood was accompanied by a twitter rush that tried to reinforce that story. Obviously, there would be some people who may think there is some truth in the allegation. Sanjay Muttoo, who still teaches at the college, wrote a letter of clarification to the DNA, but it seems not to have found place there. He has now mailed us a copy, and we share it with those who have followed the exciting life of Jashn-e-Azadi!
Invoking the memory of a past event often necessitates the invoking of a counter-memory. I refer to the sequence of events Aditya Raj Kaul narrates to contend that a screening of Ashok Pandit’s film “And the World Remained Silent” in Delhi’s Kamla Nehru College was conspiratorially cancelled at the behest of “some powers”. He goes on to say that this was done to facilitate the screening of Sanjay Kak’s film Jashn e Azadi instead but “the Delhi police asked Kak not to break the law and the screening was cancelled.”
Implicit in this argument are some erroneous assumptions which I would like to contest invoking a `counter-memory’. Referring to Ashok Pandit’s film, Kaul says, “On the eve of the screening, the organisers called it off”. In stating this he would like us to believe that the college authorities had actually scheduled a screening of ‘And the World Remained Silent’ on August 24 and later reneged on this commitment. In fact, this allegation was also made by Rashneek Kher in a post on the Sarai Reader-List way back in August 2007. As visiting faculty in the department of journalism in Kamla Nehru College then and the person who had invited Sanjay Kak to screen his film ‘Jashn e Azaadi’, I cross-checked the facts with Anubha Yadav, the then Teacher in Charge responsible for taking decisions regarding screenings. She acknowledged that a request for screening Ashok Pandit’s film had been made but was quite emphatic in denying that the college had agreed to screen his film on August 24. So, the question of `some powers’ making sure that the screening of Ashok Pandit’s film was cancelled to accommodate Sanjay Kak’s film just did not arise.
Aditya Raj Kaul goes on to say that “as expected, the Delhi police asked Kak not to break the law and the screening was cancelled.” I am curious to know how the Delhi Police got to know in the first place that Mr Kak’s film was to be screened in Kamla Nehru College. It wasn’t a great secret but I wonder if the Delhi Police as a matter of routine policing monitors each and every film screening that each college organizes. Having agreed to screen the film, would the college authorities in some moment of insanity have themselves informed the police and invoked a direction from them not to do so? Or was it that activists from ‘Roots in Kashmir’ complained to the police and got the screening of Sanjay Kak’s film cancelled ? This question begs an answer, an answer that might contain clues to why the police asked Kak to cancel the screening.
Kaul says that Jashn e Azadi’ has “been denied a public screening certificate from the censor board.” I am quite intrigued by this statement of his. As far as I know and I have checked this up with Sanjay Kak, he has not once applied for a censor certificate. So, where does the question of his film being “denied a public screening certificate from the censor board” arise? Is Kaul just ill informed or has he been too lazy to verify his facts……or is he choosing to deliberately peddle a lie? I will be happy to be corrected if Kaul can substantiate this claim of his. Till that happens, I will continue to wonder if this is a tactical move in the larger gameplan of trying to attack the film using the bogey of ‘illegality’ whenever it is scheduled for a screening to try and make it invisible in the public domain?
Sanjay Muttoo, New Delhi Feb 2, 2012