RIFF Movies Archive

After Prayers



Italy, 2018, Full HD - Color - 61'

DIRECTED BY:
Simone Mestroni

SCREENPLAY:
Simone Mestroni

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Simone Mestroni

EDITING:
Donatello Conti

MUSIC:
MC Kash

SOUND:
Francesco Morosini, Emiliano Gherlanz

PRODUCER:
Simone Mestroni

PRODUCTION:
Rizoma film

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Scandita dal cantico dei muezzin, la vita nel Kashmir indiano procede intrecciandosi all'ordinaria violenza legata al conflitto indopakistano. Ogni storia, ogni svolta del destino, come quella del primo crackdown imposto nella valle, o la decisione di prendere parte alla lotta armata, prende una svolta inaspettata nei pressi di una moschea, nelle fasi immediatamente successive alla preghiera. Ancora oggi, il sogno di un kashmir indipendente - e con esso l'incubo del conflitto - si perpetua generazione dopo generazione, alimentato dal sangue di nuovi martiri.

Routine violence and muezzins' calls for prayers shape the time-flow of daily life in Indian Kashmir. From traumatic memories of a guerrilla's funeral to the present anti-India street-riots, throughout a maimed muhajideen's tale, people's destiny seems to be stretched between hope and anger, love and grief, poetry and brutality. Every milestone in people's stories -being it the first army crackdown in the valley or the decision to leave for Afghanistan to get guerrilla-warfare training- seems to happen in a mosque, just immediately after prayers. Almost 30 years have gone since the beginning of the armed struggle and notwithstanding a widespread frustration, the controversial dream of Kashmir's independence, along with the nightmare of the conflict, is still preserved alive. It is again after Friday's prayers that Kashmiri youngsters regularly engage Indian soldiers in stone-throwing riots, and it is ultimately here that the vicious cycle of violence, nourished by new martyrs' fresh blood, keeps perpetuating in the intimacy of ordinary life.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Simone Mestroni (Udine, 1981) vive e lavora in India, portando avanti progetti in ambito antropologico e visuale. Tra il 2008 e il 2012 ha condotto una ricerca etnografica di lungo termine nel Kashmir indiano, incentrata sulle dinamiche identitarie legate al conflitto. Negli stessi anni ha iniziato a lavorare nell?ambito del video e come fixer per Fausto Podavini per i suoi lavori in India. La post-produzione di ?After prayers?, il suo primo documentario, è stata supportata dal grant per film etnografici della Wenner Gren Foundation. ?Linee di controllo? (Meltemi, 2018) è il suo primo libro sul conflitto Kashmiri.

Simone Mestroni has developed visual storytelling skills along with his fieldwork research on ethnographic aspects of Kashmiri conflict. While completing his PhD in anthropology he has been working as video operator with Donatello Conti and Giulio Squarci, and as fixer for Fausto Podavini for his photographic works in India. Mestroni's ethnographic book on Kashmir, titled â??Lines of Control,â? is going to be released by summer 2018 and will be used as textbook for academic courses in three Italian universities. In October 2017 his first documentary â??After Prayersâ? has been awarded with the Wenner Gren foundation postdoctoral grant.

RICERCA FILM

GENRE
ORIGINAL TITLE
DIRECTOR
COUNTRY
YEAR

   
NEWSLETTER

Iscriviti alla nostra newsletter - Subscribe to our newsletter.

Programma PDF

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com