Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Film Screening: Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail) by Iffat Fatima

Monday, October 30, 2017

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Joukowsky Forum 

The film Khoon Diy Baarav - (90 mins) made over nine years, enters the vexed political scenario in Kashmir through the lives of families of the victims of enforced disappearances. It is a non-sequential account of personal narratives and reminiscences ruptured by violence, undermined by erasure and over-ridden by official documents that challenge truth. Opening out the real and the human against the abstract and the brutal, the film seeks to confront advocates of amnesia in Kashmir as well as in other conflict zones. It questions the militaristic approach to resolve problems, by which communities and lives within it get invaded destroyed, even as it shatters personal dreams and desires.

Iffat Fatima is an independent documentary filmmaker and researcher from Kashmir, based in
Delhi. Since 2006 she is working in Kashmir on the issue of enforced disappearances in
collaboration with the Association Of Parents Of Disappeared Persons (APDP), a collective of
the family members of the victims of enforced disappearances in Kashmir campaigning for
information on the whereabouts of their disappeared kin. In 2011, she made a short film Where
Have You Hidden My New Crescent Moon on enforced disappearances. Her most recent film
Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail) explores issues of violence and memory in Kashmir.