Premier Screening of "In Shopian" by Christopher Giamo
Join us on Thursday May 24th as we proudly premier Chistopher Giamo's feature film In Shopian at 7PM.
For the past sixty years, Kashmir has languished under the Indian Army's occupation. Since the beginning of a popular uprising in 1989, it's estimated that over 70,000 Kashmiris have been killed in the conflict. In Shopian presents one such case. On May 29th, 2009, Shakeel Ahmed Ahangur, a Kashmiri man living in the town of Shopian, returned home from work to find his wife and sister missing. After notifying the police and searching through the night, he discovered their battered bodies in a nearby river. Although the initial post-mortem stipulated that they had been gang-raped and murdered, the Indian Government's Central Bureau of Investigation later changed the ruling to death by accidental drowning. The incident immediately sparked massive strikes and protests against the Indian occupation, and continues to be a rallying cry for human rights and Kashmiri pro-freedom activists.
Filmed in 2010, In Shopian presents a firsthand account of Shakeel's story amidst the current state of social unrest in the capital Srinagar and outlying rural areas. It features rare on-site interviews with Kashmiri separatist leaders, as well as street battles between local youths and police. Shakeel's story is a contextualized example of the plight of ordinary Kashmiris, and an aesthetic portrait of present-day Kashmir as a torn paradise.
*A brief Q&A with filmmaker will follow the screening which runs about 40 min.
St. Lawrence Arts Center
76 Congress Street
Portland , ME 04101
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|