Tribute to Udi Aloni

Kashmir: Journey to Freedom

USA, Israel, 2009, 72 min

Director:

Udi Aloni

Language & Subtitles:

English, Arabic, Hebrew; subtitles in Hebrew and English

Festivals:

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto, Berlin International Film Festival

Once described by Mahatma Gandhi as “a pillar of light in a subcontinent lost in darkness,” Kashmir has become a land of terror and despair, its people suffering under the strain of constant violence and human rights violations.

This film tells the story of a new generation of young Muslim Kashmiris who, after years of armed resistance, decided to lay down their arms and start a nonviolent resistance movement in the hope of finally achieving peace and independence. They strive for a renaissance of the Kashmiri tradition of religious and ethnic coexistence, inspired by Sufi culture and the spirit and history of Kashmir.

In a rare look at the region, Udi Aloni filmed his protagonists as they launched their new struggle. Finally refused re-entry by the Indian government, Aloni was forced to tell the rest of this story far from the land and people he had come to admire creation, a feast for the senses which capable of restoring our faith in the human spirit.

After the Screening there will be a Zoom Conversation with Hillel Cohen and Kashmiri Altaf Khan, one of the film's protagonists who isn't in custody yet

Amal's Photo Credit: Ilan Besor Firas's Photo Credit: Angie Assal

Screenings:

Mon. 5.12 | 20:15 | Cinematheque 2