SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Pakistan

A Conversation with Kashmiri Filmmakers across the Divide


Date: 6 March 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 6 March 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G51

Type of Event: Film


"Faith divided" was directed by Muhammad Arif Uri and Pawan Bali with the contribution of Muhammad Irfan Dar and was filmed on either side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. It highlights the impact of the Kashmir conflict on the lives of communities on either side of the divide. Specifically, the film focuses on places of worship on either side of the LoC that the conflict has rendered inaccessible to people on the other side of the divide. The film aims at being a creative medium for peacebuilding messages. Moreover, as across-LoC collaborative project, the process of jointly shooting and editing the film is as important as the messages it contains. The diaspora in the UK found the film to be moving and educative about the impact of the conflict on people of different faiths on either side of the divide.

Speakers' Biographies

Mohammad Irfan Dar was born and grew midst the political conflict of Kashmir. For past 8 years he has been working with the social and cultural spaces in Indian side of Kashmir. Irfan’s main focus has been working with the children of Kashmir through visual arts, performing arts and cinema workshops and trainings modules to help children tell their stories to the world. Irfan has been making films for past four years now and has also Co-founded a storytelling outfit- Red Stone Films.

Muhammad Arif Urfi is a senior journalist that runs the Geo News Bureau in Muzaffarabad. He has wide experience of working with print and electronic media, including the Television News Network (TNN) and Reuters. During his earlier work with the Pakistan Television (PTV), he regularly covered India Pakistan escalation across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
Urfi has also produced documentaries for different organisations including Community Participation (World Bank), First Step (World Food Programme), Builders of the Future (UNDP) and Pollination Problems in Pakistan(International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development).

Pawan Bali is a journalist from the Indian side of Kashmir. She has been a television journalist in India, with a leading channel CNN IBN, and also worked with The Times of India and Indian Express newspapers.Pawan Bali is currently a Masters student at School of International Studies, American University.

Conciliation Resources 

Conciliation Resources is a peacebuilding NGO supporting people at the heart of conflicts who are striving to find solutions. We work with them to deepen our collective understanding of the conflict, bring together divided communities and create opportunities for them to resolve their differences peacefully.

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