04 October 2011

Lost Innocents of Kashmir

My Dad's film, Lost Innocence of Kashmir, made from Super 8 Footage he shot in 1989, was screened at Raindance yesterday.

It is a haunting, tragic and very relevant film, and I'm working on him to get the full version up, which he said he'll do once it's done the festival rounds. Montreal next.

Psy-ops, or black-ops, set everyone up for their fall in strategic places like Kashmir. Agitators cause trouble, trigger discontent, to which security forces respond. So starts the war of spin, propaganda and suspicion on the path to terrorism, retribution and torture. Meanwhile, poor refugees have nowhere to go. A personal story, told from memory, triggered by revitalising these Super 8 images of 1989. Filmed, written and narrated  - David Blackall Edited - Oliver Kutzner and David Blackall Music - Kraig Grady and David Blackall Lost Innocents of Kashmir was selected for the Raindance Film Festival, where it made its world premiere Monday 3 October 2011 at 15:45 in London. 
Lost Innocents of Kashmir has also been selected for the upcoming Montreal International Documentary Festival.
A short (22 min) documentary with a special emphasis on creating social impact, to create awareness, instigate change and bring a unique and personal perspective to the topic of world agendas being played out in a small place like Kashmir.


David Porter said...

Look forward to seing the full 22 minutes. The trailer was definitely set to attract and invite deeper engagement, and it has worked its spell on me.

I spent a short time in Kashmir in 1978 and even then there was a background military presence you could both see and feel. But despite that undertone, it was clear that Kashmir was a special place - lakes, gardens, high river valleys, and soaring peaks. Clearly a place that contentious countries would fight over.

Where will the documentary be shown after Montreal?

David Blackall said...

Thanks David, agreed, a special place. As for screenings, after Montreal I don't know, I have submitted to some other international festivals, hopefully one will come up in a town near you. Hoefully a distribution deal will come up also.

David Porter said...

I'll be looking for it in Vancouver, David. http://www.viff.org/

Just got back from two weeks work in Mongolia, so my response to yours was a bit delayed. Thanks for your note and best wishes for a distribution deal.