Jashn-e-Azadi: How We Celebrate Freedom
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It's 15th August, India's Independence day, and the Indian flag ritually goes up in the heart of Srinagar, Kashmir. But the empty streets and the sullen silence that greet India's claim on Kashmir spark off old questions about freedom - azadi - and the denial of freedom. In the aftermath of 18 years of armed struggle, with 60,000 dead and nearly 7,000 missing, death and loss is everywhere. As the Kashmiri people begin to look within their ledger of loss, we slowly prise open the meanings of Kashmir's struggle for Azaadi, freedom. Using a beguiling mix of verite footage, rare archival material, poetry and text, this is a provocative look at Indian democracy in the 60th year of India's independence, and a reflection on power, resistance and "freedom's terrible thirst".