This year, Tasveer is proud to be a SHRFF partner sponsoring four programs with South Asain themes.
Sanjeev Chatterjee – USA – 2007 – 68 min
We look around us and see water everywhere. The earth is a planet lined with vast arterial networks of streams, rivers and oceans; a sky that opens up and unleashes rain and snow; pipes and taps that have long serviced washing machines, icemakers, swimming pools and spas. So how can we suddenly be facing a threatening global water crisis?
Now, at a time when more than half of the world is imperiled by imminent water shortages, One Water celebrates the poignant emotional life of water and the myriad ways it washes through the global human experience – in moments of joy, struggle, labor, conflict and hope. A voyage through five years, 14 countries and a multitude of uncounted miles, the film portrays a direct and personal experience of water’s beauty, utility and wonder – and also raises the provocative and important question: What are we doing now to ensure the world’s children will have access to all that this universal source of life has to offer?
*A panel of experts from the University of Washington and One Water will speak following the screening.
Fire Under The Snow
Makoto Sasa – USA/Japan – 2008 – 75 min
Arrested by the Chinese Communist Army in 1959, Palden Gyatso spent 33 years in prisons and labor camps for the “crime” of peaceful demonstration. Tortured, starved and sentenced to hard labor, he watched his nation and culture destroyed, his teachers, friends and family displaced, jailed or killed. The film covers Palden’s birth in 1933, and follows him through the Orwellian nightmare that began with the Chinese invasion. It explores the escalating cycle of interrogation and physical violation that ended decades later with Palden’s escape from Tibet, and a cathartic meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India.
Fire Under the Snow reveals the contours of an inspirational story: It is the survival of a mind and soul under unthinkable duress.
Julie Bridgham – USA/Nepal – 2008 – 90 min
Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal’s modern history, The Sari Soldiers is an extraordinary story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King’s crackdown on civil liberties. When Devi, mother of a 15-year-old girl, witnesses her niece being tortured and murdered by the Royal Nepal Army, she speaks publicly about the atrocity. The army abducts her daughter in retaliation, and Devi embarks on a three-year struggle to uncover her daughter’s fate and see justice done.
The Sari Soldiers follows her and five other brave women, including Maoist Commander Kranti; Royal Nepal Army Officer Rajani; Krishna, a monarchist from a rural community who leads a rebellion against the Maoists; Mandira, a human rights lawyer; and Ram Kumari, a young student activist shaping the protests to reclaim democracy. The Sari Soldiers intimately delves into the extraordinary journey of these women on opposing sides of the conflict, through the democratic revolution that reshapes the country’s future.
*Director Julie Bridgham will speak following the screening.
Mohammed Naqvi – Pakistan/USA – 2006 – 110 min
Shame is the story of a poor and illiterate woman, Mukhtaran Mai, who was raised in a remote village in Pakistan. Her tragedy begins in 2002, when the tribal council sanctions a punishment against her for a crime of which her brother was accused of interest in a girl from a higher social class. She is judged guilty only because of her membership in the same family. Mukhtaran is paraded naked in public after she is gang-raped in retribution. Her family and other villagers expect her to commit suicide soon after. Instead of following the tragic path of other women, Mukhtaran decides to seek justice without the help of her family or the villagers.
Shame is a critically important and powerful film that challenges its viewers with the harsh realities that face poor, rural women in Pakistan and other parts of the world.
*Asst. Producer Sabina Ansari will speak following the screening.