Seattle Art Museum, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at 5 p.m.
Film: FINAL SOLUTION
Directed By: Rakesh Sharma
Origin: Gujarat, India, 2004
Description: Hindi/Gujarati with English subtitles, digital video, 98 minutes
Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period Feb/March 2002 – July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of genocidal violence against Gujarati Muslims. The film documents the Assembly elections held in Gujarat in late 2002 and records in detail the exploitation of the Godhra incident (in which 58 Hindus were burnt alive) by the right-wing propaganda machinery for electoral gains. It studies the situation after the storm and its impact on Hindus and Muslims ghettoisation in cities and villages, segregation in schools, the call for economic boycott of Muslim and continuing acts of violence more than a year after the carnage. Final Solution is anti-hate/violence as those who forget history will be condemned to relive it. “Final Solution ” is a feature-length documentary that has won several awards, including the Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary at the HongKong International film festival and the Silver Dhow at the Zanzibar International film festival as well as two major awards at the Berlin International film festival (2004).
Music Video : Baagon Na Ja (Don’t Search the Gardens)
Produced By: Breakthrough.TV
Starring: Rahul Bose & Anupam Kher
Description: A music video that expresses the hope that friendships can transcend the barriers of religion.