Pankaj Butalia: "Crippled Frontier"- Screenings and discussion on conflicts on the borders of India

Screening and Discussion with Director Pankaj Butalia

The award-winning Delhi-based film-maker, Pankaj Butalia, will offer a selective screening and discussion of his three recent documentary films concerned with the consequences of violence in the embattled border regions of North and Northeast India.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
11372 Bunche Hall




The award-winning Delhi-based film-maker, Pankaj Butalia, will offer a selective screening and discussion of his three recent documentary films concerned with the consequences of violence in the embattled border regions of North and Northeast India. The films -- Manipur Song (2009), The Textures of Loss (2013), and On the Edge of Neglect (2015) -- are concerned with the crises of militarized violence and dispossession of ordinary lives in Manipur, Kashmir and Assam, respectively.



Manipur Song

Dir : Pankaj Butalia 61 minutes 2009 - Documentary
Set in Manipur the film seeks to foreground a state that exists on the
periphery of the Indian imagination.

As with other North Eastern states, culturally and ethnically Manipur has
remained estranged from the dominant Indian culture and has repeatedly
sought to assert its identity through insurgency. In 1980-81 the Indian
state countered by giving unprecedented powers to its army to deal with
insurgency. The 'Armed Forces Special Powers Act' (AFSPA), gives complete
immunity to the army and led to killings and rapes. The situation got so bad
that in August 2004 a group of women disrobed in front of the army barracks
holding banners saying 'Indian Army Rape Us'.

The film looks at the consequences of this violence on ordinary people.



The Textures of Loss

Dir : Pankaj Butalia

61 minutes - 2013 - colour - HDV - Documentary

Two decades of violence in Kashmir has left the valley devastated.
Every family silently nurses its deep wounds. Women have lost husbands,
fathers, sons and brothers. Children grow up in an environment of deep
depression and young men do not see any future for themselves.

"The Textures of Loss" is an elegy to the wounded Kashmir valley.
The loss of loved ones manifests itself not only in pain, but also
in anger, somatic symptoms, paralysis and deadness.



Assam: On the edge of neglect


Dir : Pankaj Butalia 68 minutes 2015 - HDV Documentary

The story of conflict in Assam continues to befuddle analysts. On the one
hand is the struggle of Assamese sovereignty that ULFA is engaged in, and on
the other, many smaller conflicts that the various tribes are involved in.

The filmmaker travels extensively throughout Assam in an attempt to catch
the small stories that we have lost sight of.


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