[Urbanstudy] Bengaluru Talkies: [Screening] Thus Departed Our Neighbours- 22nd August @Paradigm Shift, Time: 7:30
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Wed Aug 13 08:25:30 CDT 2014
Bengaluru Talkies: [Screening] Thus Departed Our Neighbours
Paradigm Shift <https://www.facebook.com/paradigmshiftvegan> is excited to
invite you for screening of documentary 'Thus Departed Our Neighbours' by
Ajay Bhardwaj on 22nd August, 2014 @7.30 in the evening.
About the film: The documentary deals with partition memories on the Indian
side of Punjab.
While India won her independence from the British rule in 1947, the north
western province of Punjab was divided into two. The Muslim majority areas
of West Punjab became part of Pakistan, and the Hindu and Sikh majority
areas of East Punjab remained with, the now divided, India. The truncated
Punjab bore scars of large-scale killings as each was being cleansed of
Sixty years on, Rabba Hun Kee Kariye (Thus Departed Our Neighbours' trails
this shared history divided by the knife. Located in the Indian Punjab
where people fondly remember the bonding with their Muslim neighbours and
vividly recall its betrayal. It excavates how the personal and informal
negotiated with the organised violence of genocide. In village after
village, people recount what life had in store for those who participated
in the killings and looting. Periodically, the accumulated guilt of a
witness or a bystander, surfaces, sometimes discernible in their
subconscious, othertimes visible in the film.
Without rancour and with great pain a generation unburdens its heart,
hoping this never happens again.
About the film-maker: Ajay Bhardwaj is a documentary filmmaker based in
Delhi, currently pursuing a PhD in Asian Studies from the University of
British Columbia in Vancouver. He holds a Master’s degree in Political
Studies (from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) and in Mass
Communications (from the AJK Mass Communications Research Centre, Jamia
Millia Islamia, Delhi).
Having worked in the thick of media for over two decades, Bhardwaj has been
making documentaries since 1997, starting with Ek Minute Ka Maun ( A Minute
of Silence), on the martyrdom of former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru
University’s student union Chandrashekhar Prasad, which exposed some of the
basic fault-lines of Indian politics and society.
Since 2002, while working on different themes, he has had a constant
engagement with the north-western state of Punjab, interrogating all its
mainstream narratives of culture, politics, history and identity. These
explorations have emerged in a documentary trilogy: Milange Babey Ratan De
Mele Te (Let’s Meet at Baba Ratan’s Fair); Rabba Hun Kee Kariye (Thus
Departed our neighbours) and Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (Where the Twain Shall
Meet). His documentaries have been screened at international film
festivals, academic conferences, and community and activist events.
Vegan cookies and Lemon tea shall be waiting for you. The screening is free
and open to all. It seems that there is going to be a thunderstorm- please
bring your umbrellas along.
For any queries please do write to: paradigmshiftbangalore at gmail.com
+919686018042(Sowmya) /+919663427315 (Kabir)
Date: 22nd August, 2014
Venue: Paradigm Shift, 8, 80 Feet Road, Kormanagala 4th Block, Near Sony
email: kabirkhan1989 at gmail.com
email: maleccha at live.com
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