Text by Ashvin Kumar
The full film will be uploaded on India’s Republic Day, 26th January, 2012.
This is the first seven minutes of Oscar® nominated director Ashvin Kumar’s new film “Inshallah, Kashmir: Living Terror”.
This time, we will bypass the Indian censor board releasing the full-film online and free-of-charge for 24 hours at 12am, 26th of January 2012, India’s Republic Day.
“Inshallah, Kashmir: Living Terror” contains shocking, heart-wrenching stories of brutality and terror by Indian armed forces and militants alike.
The director says, “the prequel to this film “Inshallah, football” was banned by the Indian censor board last year*, this time all Indian citizens can watch the film free-of-charge on our Republic Day via the internet.”
There are half-a-million troops in Kashmir that belong to various branches of Indian armed forces, each with its own intelligence agency that closely monitors the flow of information. Army camps and check-posts mean scrutiny and explanations, making the shortest commute a daunting task. Kashmiris don’t speaking openly, fearing harassment and persecution. In this atmosphere of suspicion and vigilance, shooting a film that seeks truthful testimonies is daunting. As a result, the enormity of the situation in Kashmir has been kept hidden. Only a handful of people in India and the rest-of-the-world are aware of the extent of an alleged genocide, and human rights violations that continue till today.
‘Inshallah, Kashmir : Living Terror’, is one of those rare documentary films in which Kashmiris tell their stories openly. In it we see how freedom is conceded, and replaced by fear; governance, by institutionalized oppression; and a paradise made desolate on the watch of India : a secular, democratic republic.
“As the Indian national flag is unfurled in New Delhi and Srinagar, viewers of “Inshallah, Kashmir” might reflect on the health of Indian democracy via the internet.”
*After a media outcry protesting the ban, ‘Inshallah, football’ was given an ‘A’ certificate in June 2011. The film was finally released on DVD by Enlighten Films in late December 2011, more than a year after its release in the rest-of-the-world. It can now be purchased in select DVD stores all over India.