Source: IMDB

Documenting Kashmir’s artful resistance

There’s a particularly powerful and chilling part in the 2016 documentary Soz: A Ballad of Maladies that stands out. It’s when Roushan Illahi aka MC Kash says, “The Jehlum is beautiful, it’s so beautiful I could write poems about it. But do you know how many body bags were fished out of the Jehlum?”

The filmmakers capture the fire in MC Kash’s words, his frustration, and his politics. In comparsion, Khalid Ahamed and Mir Kashif Iqbal, childhood friends from Srinagar and founders of Bengaluru-based Kashmiri rock band Parvaaz come across as almost impassive. At one point they concur that they’ve learned that everyone is entitled to their opinion.

While Soz primarily explores the expression of dissent in Kashmir through art, music, writings, comics and more, in the process it also ends up being a history lesson. Tushar Madhav and Sarvnik Kaur’s National Award-winning documentary film leaves the viewer with a historical perspective and better understanding of a complex subject like Kashmir.

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