Kashmir’s Torture Trail bags Amnesty’s best film of the year award



 ‘Kashmir’s Torture Trail’, a documentary film that depicts serious cases of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, has bagged the best film of the year award by Amnesty International.

Filmed, directed and edited by BAFTA award winner Jezza Neumann, the 47-minute documentary keeps track of prominent Kashmiri human rights campaigner Advocate Parvez Imroz who meets torture victims and the families of the 125 people killed in police and paramilitary forces action during the 2010 uprising.

“In the most militarised place on earth, one man is standing up to the armed might of the world’s largest democracy. ‘Kashmir’s Torture Trail’ follows a Kashmiri lawyer as he uncovers India’s best kept secret,” says the introduction of the film produced by True Vision, a UK-based company.

“The standard of entries this year was superb and the winners produced some of the best human rights journalism being put out anywhere in the world exposing injustice and holding the powerful to account, Amnesty International’s UK Director Kate Allen said in a statement.

The winners were announced Tuesday evening at a ceremony hosted by BBC News presenter Philippa Thomas at the British Film Institute in central London.

‘Kashmir’s Torture Trail’ has been shot across the length and breadth of the Valley for over a year. Besides the testimonials of the victims, the film also contains powerful images of the victims like Feroz Ahmad, who was detained under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Speaking to a Srinagar-based daily, Kashmir Reader, from London, the film director Jezza Neumann said, “Everyone involved in making this film feels it is a great honour to win this award. The credit though has to go to those locally who took the risk to speak out and tell their stories and to Parvez Imroz and his team who have worked tirelessly in bringing these human rights abuses onto an international platform.

“It’s fantastic that after dedicating his life to giving a voice to the people of Kashmir, Imroz’s efforts are finally recognized in the West, firstly by Channel 4 commissioning the film and then by this internationally recognized award.”

Meanwhile, Imroz said the award was acknowledgment of unabated human rights violations taking place in occupied Kashmir. This film has highlighted the plight of Kashmiris. I am sure it will stir the conscience of the global civil society.” “Even after so much embarrassment, the response of the government of India has been pathetic. They’re not worried about the extrajudicial killings and fake encounters,” Imroz, who played the lead role in the film, said in a media interview.

Source: Kashmir Media Service

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