LINES: KASHMIR, PAKISTAN, INDIA
Bay Area Premiere of a Documentary
Pervez Hoodbhoy and Zia Mian
Produced for the Eqbal Ahmad
Foundation, 2004 (45 minutes)
Followed by a Discussion with Dr. Hoodbhoy
August 7, 2004 at 6 p.m.
Building 200, Room 002, History Corner, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford
Sunday, August 8, 2004 at 4 p.m.
2040 Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB), University of California
(The documentary runs 45 minutes; the event is FREE. Contributions are
welcome to cover costs)
Limited seats, arrive early to ensure your seating.
Co-Sponsored by the Friends of
South Asia with:
Asia/Pacific Research Center at the Institute of International Studies,
ARC/India Program in School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford
Associated Students at University of California(ASUC) in Berkeley.
Nationalism and religion have entangled the fate of Kashmiris,
Pakistanis and Indians for over 5 decades. After four wars, Kashmiris
and their land are divided between Pakistan and India, the source of
recurring crises. Many feel that the next war may be a nuclear war. In
this tragedy, each side tells the story of the injustice and violence
of the other, and feels only the suffering of their own. This
path-breaking independent documentary film, made in Pakistan,
challenges us to look at Kashmir with new eyes and to hope for a new
Interviews of key figures and ordinary people from every side, rare
archival footage and computer animations weave together a rich and
moving narrative. We hear leading Kashmiri militants voice the
frustration of their hopes for democracy and their desperate rebellion
against oppressive Indian rule. We see how Pakistan's relentless
determination to confront India created an Islamic holy war that
brought terror and death to Kashmir. Radical Hindu leaders in India and
Islamic militants in Pakistan explain their shared conviction that
Kashmir is part of a greater struggle that knows no limits. We discover
how amid rising religious passions, governments in India and Pakistan
seek to build national identity through cultivating prejudice and
hatred towards the other. We explore how creating and changing bitterly
contested borders offers little prospect for peace and justice.
The film chronicles the wars, the failed efforts at peace and the daily
toll this failure exacts on those caught on the frontline of this
dispute. It shows how India and Pakistan's dramatic nuclear tests
spurred the conflict to new heights, and explores the ways in which
India's great power ambitions, and the interests of the Pakistani army,
continue to make peace so elusive.
Rejecting the national ambitions of Kashmiris, Pakistanis and Indians
alike, the film offers a vision of a shared future for all of South
Asia built on a common humanity.
"A compelling fresh look at an age old problem that could be the
spark of a nuclear war."
Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban
"This film violates the grand narrative of nationalism on all sides.
It shocks with its unfamiliar humanity."
Khaled Ahmed, Daily Times
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy
Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy received his bachelor's degrees
in electrical engineering and mathematics, master's in solid state
physics, and Ph.D in nuclear physics, all from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. He has been a faculty member at the Department
of Physics, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad since 1973.
In 1984 he received the Abdus Salam Prize for mathematics and, earlier,
the Baker Award for Electronics. In 2003, Dr. Hoodbhoy was awarded
UNESCO`s Kalinga Prize for popularizing science in Pakistan with TV
serials and his film `The Bell Tolls for Planet Earth` won honorable
mention at the Paris Film Festival.
He is chairman of Mashal, a non-profit organization that publishes
books in Urdu on women's rights, education, environmental issues,
philosophy, and modern thought.
Dr. Hoodbhoy has written and spoken extensively on topics ranging from
science in Islam to education issues in Pakistan and nuclear
disarmament. He produced a 13-part documentary series in Urdu for
Pakistan Television on critical issues in education, and two other
major television series aimed at popularizing science. He is author of
"Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for
Rationality", now in 5 languages. His writings have appeared in Dawn,
The News, Frontier Post, Muslim, Newsline, Herald, Jang, and overseas
in Le Monde, Japan Times, Washington Post, Asahi, Seattle Times,
Post-Intelligencer, Frontline, The Hindu, and Chowk Magazine.
He has been an engaged speaker at more than twenty US campuses
including MIT, Princeton, Univ. of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins
University. He has appeared on several TV and radio networks (BBC, CNN,
ABC, NBC, PBS, NPR, Fox) to analyze political developments in South
Asia. (Source: Peace and World Security Studies website (PAWSS),
Hampshire College, Massachussetts.)
Dr. Hoodbhoy lives in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Dr. Zia Mian
Zia Mian is a physicist and member of the research
staff at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security.
His work focuses on nuclear weapons and nuclear power issues,
especially in South Asia.
His work is published in technical journals and magazines, as well as
newspapers in a number of countries. He is the co-editor, most
recently, of Out of the Nuclear Shadow with Smitu Kothari.
Earlier books include Pakistan's Atomic Bomb and the Search for
Security and Making Enemies, Creating Conflict: Pakistan's Crises of
State and Society. He has previously worked at the Union of Concerned
Scientists in Cambridge, MA, and the Sustainable Development Policy
Institute in Islamabad.
He has taught at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs, at Yale University, and at Quaid-i-Azam
University, Islamabad. In addition to his research and writing, he is
active with a number of civil society groups working in the area of
nuclear disarmament and with the peace movement.
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