SRINAGAR: The Indian government has asked an American filmmaker, Udi Aloni’s not to visit occupied Kashmir again. The dictum comes after Aloni showed a documentary about the non-violent resistance movement in occupied Kashmir. The film was shown at the Berlin Film Festival.
“Indian authorities have taken umbrage at Kashmir: Journey to Freedom and are denying visa to me,” Aloni, said after the film was premiered in Panorama section, which showcases independent and art house cinema.
“Please let me return to India. I really miss my friends from Kashmir, and I really love to be in India,” he said while defending his documentary and insisting he had done India a good service by making it.
Aloni said he had gone to Kashmir without really knowing what he was going to see, and that his film was less a documentary and more of an action movie of a different sort.
“I have always believed in non-violence,” he added.
Aloni’s movie shows how a new generation of young Kashmiri Muslims, after years of armed resistance, decided to lay down the arms and start a nonviolent resistance movement – with the hope of finally achieving peace and independence.-SANA