- From Jashn-e-Azadi (How We Celebrate Freedom)
Today at 5:30 PM Doc Films
will host a free screening of the 2007 Indian documentary Jashn-e-Azadi (How We Celebrate Freedom)
, an epic portrait of life in Kashmir. Director Sanjay Kak (who's been making documentaries in India since the late 1980s) shot the movie over a three-year period, documenting numerous civilians trying to lead ordinary lives in spite of ongoing sectarian violence. (You can read the filmmaker's extended synopsis here
.) The film is the first in a two-part program organized in conjunction with the Smart Museum's current exhibit The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India Since 1989
. The second film, Jai Bhim Comrade
(2011), plays at Doc next Tuesday at 5:30 PM. That movie is another long-form documentary about the history and culture of India's untouchables.