With the rise of Popular Culture in cinemas, literature, music and various forms of art, what can be a better form of expression than the latest trend of Short- Films? Undoubtedly, the most precious attribute of our valley is its multidimensional cultural heritage. The surreal beauty & its creative incarnations, emotions of people and their Kashmiriyat, multiple festivals and its colors need an outlet of expression; and our Kashmiri youngsters have chosen Short- Films to present them.
Short- films have become a significant medium of story-telling in the field of video- making. With a flexible approach these merely 10-30 (approx.) minutes long films leave a deep impact on their viewers. See how our Kashmiri filmmakers use this popular platform to depict their perspectives on and about Kashmir and try to convey their messages through a realistic depiction of the changing times.
Let’s take you down to the list of some of the best filmmakers from the valley who have expressed their emotional & curious experience in Kashmir via their outstanding short- films.
- Aamir Wani and Ruman Hamdani’s Kashmir Through My Lens
Aamir Wani, the silent gem of Kashmir, is a photographer and writer. Kashmir Through My Lens is the depiction of his creative outlook on Kashmir. Through poetry and scenery, Wani has deciphered the most euphoric and enigmatic colors of Kashmir.
- Jalal Ud Din Baba’s Saving the Saviour
Jalal Ud Din Baba is that blessing in disguise for Kashmir that spreads smiles wherever it goes. Saving the Saviours defines his way of sighting inspiration through his stories into people. In the film, a 15- year- old makes a living by cleaning the trash from Wular Lake. The boy becomes an example of strength and positivity.
- Siddhartha Gigoo’s The Last Day
Gigoo is a rising novelist and filmmaker, who while studying literature in Delhi exercises his passion of uprooting his experiences as a Kashmiri. The Last Day is a eulogy to those Kashmiri Pandits who lost their home for no good reason. Sad as it is, Kashmir still weeps its loss.
- Hyder Habib’s Firaaq
Hyder Habib is an aspiring filmmaker who began to make films with a hand full of passion and a bunch of friends. A real struggler, his film Firaaq describes the pain of separation through the journey of a young boy. It instills the essence of belonging in viewers and helps them to realize their emotions towards a person or a place.
- Ruman Hamdani’s Srinagar: Through a Tourist’s Eyes
There are no limits when it comes to storytelling, but, to put it in the right way, truly, and with utmost justice, is what makes a good story. And we have Hamdani for it. Ruman is not only a versatile filmmaker but also an ace human being. Watch, Srinagar: Through a Tourist’s Eyes, the story of an Italian girl, who was told that her visit to Kashmir would be scary, and to whom Ruman proved wrong. In the end, she could not stop herself from falling in love with the valley and its people.