During this year’s Berlinale Festival, director Udi Aloni told audiences that the film he made for Kashmir and its people resulted in an exile of sorts. While filming the story of young Muslim Kashmiris who embark on a movement of non-violence to bring peace to its beleaguered land, Aloni was refused re-entry into the region by the Indian government.
The tale of Yasin Malik, a former militant whose separatist movement now embraces non-violence, and his followers is indeed a controversial one. But in finishing the movie while removed from its heartbeat, Aloni has endeavored to bring the story of a land and people he admires to a wider audience.
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Episodes: 1 x 72 minutes
Aired: February 2009 at Berlinale
Rights available: All worldwide