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Tasveer Reels at Bellevue Arts Museum screening stories of India-Pakistan partition - tomorrow, 6:30pm 

Thursday, February 11,  6:30pm - 8:30pm
We bring two very powerful films from SSAFF 2015 about India-Pakistan partition from 
'A Thin Wall' (USA/Canada. 2015, 65 min) and Peace, Daal and Partition (USA/Canada, 2014, 25 min) followed by a conversation with Mara Ahmad, Director of A Thin Wall, over Skype. 

Tasveer and BAM team up to present a series of films for people to discover, experience, and enjoy a range of South Asian films on arts and culture. All films will have English subtitles. 
Free/members. $5/nonmembers. Parking Free. 
Read more at: 
http://www.bellevuearts.org/calendar/event/02_11_tasveer_screening.html#sthash.p6uI99KS.dpuf

A Thin Wall (USA/Canada, 2015, 65 min)

Directed by: Mara Ahmad

A Thin Wall is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation. It focuses on the Partition of India in 1947, but derives lessons that remain urgently relevant today. Shot on both sides of the border, in India and Pakistan, A THIN WALL is a personal take on Partition rooted in stories passed down from one generation to another. It is written and directed by Mara Ahmed and co-produced by Surbhi Dewan. Both filmmakers are descendants of families torn apart by Partition. The film is also a work of art infused with original animation, music, and literary writing. 

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Peace, Daal and Partition (USA/Canada, 2014, 25 min)

Directed by: Paisley Smith

Millions of people were killed during the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Instead of celebrating freedom from the British, India was ripped apart. People caught on the wrong side of the religious divide were killed. Women jumped into wells or were shot to save their honor. Paisley Smith's grandmother was about 9 years old when her family was forced to flee their ancestral home. Her father was murdered. Paisley grew up listening to her grandma's stories of Partition, and even read the book her grandma wrote about her history. Her grandma's stories however, seemed to gloss over a lot of the details of the horrific events. Paisley senses that parts of the story is missing. She returns home to Vancouver from Los Angeles to learn more and discovers that even her mother refuses to discuss growing up as an immigrant to Canada. As she learns more about the 1947 events that divided British India into Pakistan and India, she realizes that divisions are not just geographical. Why is talking about her childhood so difficult for Paisley's mother? Are there divisions between life in Vancouver and Los Angeles? Are there stories that her grandma is leaving out when she discusses Partition? How can we mend these divisions? The effects of the painful divide of India are still being felt by her family. Paisley begins to explore these divides. The film attempts to bring three generations of family together, heal the wounds of Partition, and explain painful histories. 

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Filmmakers Mara Ahmad and Paisley Smith in conversation with audiences at SSAFF 2015
 
Stories recounted by Tasveer team members...
"My family house in Subhana, a village just south of Jalandhar, was once owned by a muslim family who sold it to my great-grandfather before leaving for Pakistan. There's a small muslim shrine that still exists in front of the house. People of all religions light diyas there on special occasions. I often wonder about the family who lived there before us. Where are they? What is there life like? What would it have been like had they not left? I dream of a reunion of old neighbors for whom 'home' was once the same place. 
 
I'm attaching a picture of the front of our house which was rebuilt. You can see the Muslim shrine that's been there on the left of the picture, in front of the house. "

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"One of the most vivid memories of my childhood is sitting with my grandmother, watching her sad, forlorn face as she would tell the stories of 1947.. her eyes would water thinking of the atrocities she had seen.. while traveling on a train she saw a family slaughtered in front of her eyes.... even after 40 years the memories haunted her. She would say that it didn't matter what someone's religion was, everyone became a monster. "



 
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