5 Popular Documentaries That Picture Life in Kashmir

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Amid barrage of daily videos depicting various aspects of the valley, Kashmir Observer has curated a list of five documentaries for you to understand different hues of life in the region.

By Jyotsna Bharti

IN the last decade, as the valley witnessed a creative boom, many locals became brain and brawn behind many visual projects. Many of those attempts took the form of documentaries — touching among other things the pulse of politics and the perpetual struggle for life in Kashmir.

Presenting and projecting the picture of the valley in a detailed manner, most of these documentaries became popular in an era when social media as an instant interactive tool created raging debates and discussions around them.

Apart from depicting the ground realities through different prisms and perspectives, these documentaries make an attempt to visualize the pain and pathos of the valley like never before.

My Kashmir Love Story | What Does Kashmir Want?

This is a small Youtube video explaining the sadness and grief of Kashmiris in a very few words and strong visuals.

The narrator indeed has justified the essence of Kashmir while embarking his journey to Srinagar, Aharbal, Chatpal, Thimran, Parihaspore, Gulmarg, Yusmarg, Pahalgam, among other places.

He has explained his video with a small message – “I had been waiting to go to Kashmir for more than two years but I was unsure about the plan because of unrest since 2016. Having waited enough, one day I just booked my ticket and landed in Kashmir. And it is strange that instead of being happy to be in ‘paradise on earth’, I felt sad. The whole vibe that I got from the place made me think that maybe Love is the only solution to all the problems in this world.”

Kashmir – Inside A Friday Protest

This documentary has come in life by the collaboration of Scoopwhoop and Newslaundry.

This visual story deals with the discord in Kashmir and tries to trace the reasons for the violence which has culminated to its tipping point post the death of Hizb commander, Burhan Wani.

The documentary gives one an insight into the complexities and trauma of Kashmir and Kashmiris.

Reporting from Kashmir, 1989 to 1994 (Part 1,2 & 3)

In this well-documented series from Newslaundry, “Reporting from Kashmir, 1989 to 1994”, Madhu Trehan and her former Newstrack colleagues Manoj Raghuvanshi and Alpana Kishore recount their experience while reporting from Kashmir during the crucial time of 1989-1994.

Through a few video records, the makers of this documentary try to give a fair glimpse of Kashmir and depict the risk of reporting from the valley.

Kashmir The Story | Full Documentary On The History & Timelines Of Kashmir Valley

Times Now released a detailed documentary ‘Kashmir The Story’ which shows the “history of Kashmir” ever since the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947.

This documentary, as per some reports, has been made with the purpose of telling the new generation the story of Kashmir.

The narrative ties together reels of archival footage with interviews of key players who give a glimpse into the mindsets and emotions of the times.

The “absence” of political undertones, many say, is the “most refreshing aspect” of this documentary.

Jashn-e-Azadi: How We Celebrate Freedom

Directed by Sanjay Kak, ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ is a 2-hour-long documentary made with a lot of archival footages. It also has explicit footages of funerals.

This documentary speaks of raw violence in Kashmir and the constant fight of survival.

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