Kashmir’s indigenous filmmaking gets boost

Srinagar: To give a boost to the filmmakers and filmmaking of the region Experimental Moving Images & Theatre during its biannual calendar event the prestigious International Film Festival of Kashmir has this year slotted the retrospective section for the Kashmiri filmmaker Ali Emran.

Filmmaking in Kashmir began way back in 1964. Manziraat is known to be the first feature film in Kashmiri language. Released in the year 1964, the movie was directed by Jagjiram Pal.

The first ever feature length film by a Kashmiri is “Habba Khatoon”, this first full length feature film was released in 1977, it was written and directed by Bashir Budgami.

Kashmir may not have been able to produce many films in past decades but the future seems relatively very bright keeping in view the fact that many young people are trying to build good cinema in Kashmir this indeed is a welcome change and as we announce the retrospective section of the IFFK-2014 we are glad to inform that Ali Emran a young filmmaker who has made about twenty (20) films in different genres has got his place reserved as a Kashmiri filmmaker who has a credible contribution towards building the Film Industry in Kashmir and thus we are according the retrospective section of the IFFK-2014 to his films out of which four films of his will be screened for the first time. The quality of his film is depicted by the novel treatment that he ascribes to every film in a different manner every time, his films so far may not have been made on a very big budget but in a way this has helped his films to present the creative impulse in a pure and original form.

Ali Emran is the second Filmmaker of Kashmiri origin after legendary Mani Kaul and the first Kashmiri filmmaker who has been raised up in Kashmir to have a retrospective section in any International Film Festival. Seven films of Ali Emran are scheduled for screenings during the International Film Festival of Kashmir – 2014, they are :

Qouluf, The Ensorcelled – A feature-length fiction Film (2014)

Baand-e-Jashn – A Experimental Documentary Film (2014)

Tasavuf – A Documentary Film (2014)

Sat Chit Vedhna – A Short Film (2014)

kNOw ME – A Experimental Documentary Film (2010)

The 9th Act – A Documentary Film (2006)

Crowd – A Short Film

Filmmaking fraternity has extended felicitations to Emran  for his next venture, the Kashmiri feature film ‘Akh Nov Pather’ and all the future endeavors as well.

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