A Thin Wall
A Thin Wall

A Thin Wall

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A THIN WALL

(65 minutes; USA, India and Pakistan; 2015)

Directed by: Mara Ahmed
Produced by: Surbhi Dewan and Mara Ahmed
Line Producer: Painted Tree Pictures
About the Film: A Thin Wall is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation. It focuses on the Partition of India in 1947, but derives lessons that remain urgently relevant today. Shot on both sides of the border, in India and Pakistan, The film is a personal take on the Partition, rooted in stories passed down from one generation to another. The film is also a work of art infused with original animation, music and literary writing.
Special Jury Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival
​Official Selection: Kolkata People's Film Festival 2018; The Irregular's Art Fair (Delhi) 2018; Mustard Seed Film Festival 2017; South Asian Film Festival of Montréal 2016; New York Indian Film Festival 2016; Fingerlakes Environmental Film Festival, New York 2016; Tasveer Reels, Seattle 2016; San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival 2015; Seattle South Asian Film Festival 2015; 3rd i Film Festival, San Francisco 2015; Bradford Literature Festival, UK 2015

About the Film makers: This documentary is produced by filmmakers Mara Ahmed and Surbhi Dewan. Both are descendants of families torn apart by partition – one ended up in India, the other in Pakistan. Mara Ahmed has lived and has been educated in Belgium, Pakistan and the United States. She has a Master’s in Business and Economics. For most of her life she worked in corporate finance. In 2004, Mara resigned from her job in order to devote herself to her true passion: art and film. Mara's artwork was exhibited at the Kinetic Gallery in 2008 and more recently at the Colacino Gallery in Rochester, NY. The shows were multi-media fusions of her collage work, photography and film work. Mara’s film training began at the Visual Studies Workshop in 2006, and later continued at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mara's first film, The Muslims I Know premiered at the Dryden Theatre in 2008. It was meant to start a dialogue between American Muslims and non-Muslims. Her second film, Pakistan One on One, opened at the Little Theatre in 2011. Shot entirely in Lahore, it is a broad survey of public opinion in Pakistan, about issues of interest to Americans. Both films have been broadcast on America's Public Broadcasting System, shown at film festivals, and screened on college and university campuses. A Thin Wall, was completed in 2015. Mara is now working on a documentary about racism in America. Her production company is Neelum Films. 


Surbhi Dewan is an independent film maker. Her films connect personal portraits to larger socio-political landscapes. She has produced a number of short creative documentaries that have been showcased in film festivals across the world. Surbhi graduated with an MFA in film from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, and received her BA degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.