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Sanjay Kak, “Witness Kashmir 1986-2016: Nine Photographs”
November 11, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The book brings together more than 200 images by nine Kashmiri photographers over three decades The oldest amongst them was already a working professional in 1986, and the youngest had not turned 20 in 2016.
About the Speakersanjay Kak is an independent documentary filmmaker whose recent work reflects his interests in ecology, alternatives and resistance politics. His films include Red Ant Dream (2013) about the persistence of the revolutionary ideal in India, Jashn-e-Azadi (How we celebrate freedom, 2007) about the idea of freedom in Kashmir, Words on Water (2002) about the struggle against the Narmada dams in central India, and In the forest hangs a bridge (1999), about the making of a thousand-foot bridge of cane and bamboo in north-east India. Born in 1958, Sanjay read Economics and Sociology at Delhi University and is a self-taught filmmaker. He writes occasional political commentary and is the editor of Until My Freedom Has Come – The New Intifada in Kashmir (Penguin India 2011, Haymarket Books 2013), and the photobook Witness (Yaarbal, 2017 forthcoming).
Hafsa Kanjwal is an Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Hafsa received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in History and Women’s Studies and her B.A. in Regional Studies of the Muslim World from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her dissertation, entitled “Building a New Kashmir: Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad and the Politics of State-formation in a Disputed Territory (1953-1963),” examines education, economic development, and cultural reform in the early post-Partition period in Indian-held Kashmir. Kanjwal has written on Kashmir for a variety of news outlets including The Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, Kindle Magazine, Foreign Policy Magazine, Kashmir Life, Kashmir Ink, and the Al Jazeera Center for Study. She has spoken on Kashmir for Al Jazeera English’s The Stream and Inside Story news programs.