Date - Sunday, April 18, 2021
12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Sunday, April 18, 2021 | 12 pm
Free | Online (Zoom) | Register here >
On Sunday, April 18, at 12 pm, join us online for Azaadi Intertwined, a screening of documentaries by filmmakers Sirjaut Kaur and Uzma Falak that speak to individual experiences entwined with the diverse struggles unfolding across India today. Whether documenting stories that illuminate the protests and marches of hundreds of thousands of Punjabi farmers in opposition to decades of disenfranchisement from their lands, or resistances to the ongoing erosion of Kashmir’s political, economic, cultural and judicial autonomy, Azaadi – which means freedom – speaks to possibilities for building stronger bonds of solidarity through artistic expression.
Drawing from archival footage, memory, and oral history, Sirjaut Kaur’s film Punjab: Land of the Five Drying Rivers (2020) explores the story of Bibi Rattan Kaur, a matriarch in her 90s, who recounts her experiences with the introduction of genetically modified organisms to her homeland. Approaching her farming village as a case study, the film examines the social and environmental degradation wrought by seeds forced onto the people of rural northwest India.
Uzma Falak’s film, Till Then The Roads Carry Her (2015) explores women’s agency in relation to the Kashmir resistance movement. Pieced together through poetry, songs, photographs, and interviews, the film gives shape to their lifeworlds and repetoires of resistance. Itself a witness and an alternative memorialisation project, the film’s aesthetic and political inquiry is focused on how colonial and military-occupational structures rupture women’s lives and the ways in which women reclaim their selfhood in response.
Curated by Jagdeep Raina and co-hosted with Damneet Kaur, the program is free and open to the public. To register for this Zoom event, visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/144924740801.