World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

Harud (Autumn)

Aamir Bashir | India | 2010 | 99 | Urdu spoken, English subtitles


Aamir Bashirs debut feature Harud (Autumn) is set in Kashmir, a hotbed of India-Pakistan territorial disputes and skirmishes for decades. The meek Rafiq (Shahnawaz Bhat) returns to his home in Kashmir after unsuccessfully trying to cross the border to Pakistan to become a militant. His village seems permanently under siege, full of army personnel, and theres the humiliation of daily security frisking. Rafiqs brother is one of the thousands of young men who have gone missing since the military insurgency. His mother is still hopeful of finding him, but his father is mostly shellshocked (Iranian actor Reza Naji, Best Actor, Berlin, for Majid Majidis Song of the Sparrows, a casting coup). Rafiqs life gets a flicker of meaning after he finds his brothers camera. But the film moves inexorably to its tragic climax at Eid, when a lamb is sacrificed.
Director Aamir Bashir is a Kashmir-born actor turned director. Harud is a very quiet, understated film, whose silences and sparse sound track evoke the suffocation and listlessness of living under siege. Although it is Shahnawaz Bhats debut performance, his eloquent face and soulful eyes burn in your memory long after.

Sunday 14 August, 9.45 pm, Rialto (director present) get your tickets
Monday 15 August, 7.30 pm, Rialto (director present) get your tickets

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