March 15, 2007

Just two days after the first screening at the Habitat Centre, this op-ed piece on the film appeared in the Kolkata newspaper

A short and accurate review that was extensively reproduced in print and on the internet– including on a Bollywood Gossip site!

If you have read through the comments on the blog, J’s erudite polemic must surely have connected. Exciting as well as incisive.

March 18, 2007

Much before our Sarai Screening, these reflections threw a formidable challenge for the film and filmmakers: it can be read as a review, or as a text unravelling and decoding the possibilities and problems in the film. We know that this reaction has to be engaged with, but after three years of making the film, you do want to take a break for sometime from examining your intentions…

The Pioneer is edited and owned by Chandan Mitra, ideologue of the Hindu Right. The reaction to the film was not a surprise and a preview of how the nationalist/religious right wing will read the film!

March 22, 2007

March 31, 2007

Not quite a review, but a “news-item”. Curiously, the piece referred to the ‘desperation of widows for livelihood’ which I did not remember from the film! Anyway, Tehelka made it up by a more detailed interview

April 1, 2007

April 4, 2007

April 5, 2007

This review has had a nice journey through the wringers of the Indian nationalist machine: Mr. Rahman, as a “citizen journalist” for the Meri News website, submitted the same review to it. The patriots at the site chewed it up to make the film seem like an Indian propaganda film. Read about the whole saga here.

April 12, 2007

One thing that’s been bothering blogmistri is this Kashmiri Pandit Sanjay Kak thing… Will Sanjay forever be only a Pandit figure who decided to go beyond his ethnic/religious identity, or can we allow him other identities too? Like the man with beard – ‘Meet this Bearded man who speaks of azadi in the Valley’!

April 13, 2007

April 15, 2007

Mr. Lepeska should have got a whole post to himself. But for now let’s just say that we are curious as to his continously changing view of the film: from his first evocative report (Apr 4); then an interview whose telegraphic sentences apparently owe much to the fact that Mr Lepeska wrote it from memory (Apr 15); and then this review. Did American Journalist meet up with Secret Kashmir? Little more research needed… 

May 1, 2007

May 11, 2007

    Riyaz-ul Haq | Prabhat Khabar, Patna | Kashmir ke liye Jashn-e-Azadi

May 13, 2007

    Tariq Bhat | The Week | Misery in pixels
    Ashutosh | Nav Bihar, Patna | Tasvir bayan karta Jashn-e-Azadi
    A Correspondent | Prabhat Khabar, Patna | Jashn-e-Azadi mein Kashmiriyon ka dard

May 28, 2007

June 1, 2007

June 1, 2007

June 2, 2007

June 16, 2007

July, 2007

    Asma Yasrib | Yembarzal Issue 2 | Review

July 16, 2007

July 20, 2007

July 28, 2007

August 18, 2007

August 24, 2007

October 5, 2007


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

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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.

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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.

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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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