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Jamshedpur: Pain of partition comes alive through ‘Crossing the Line’

Jamshedpur, Sep 19: Crossing the Line, a 75-minute documentary, written, produced and directed by Sydney-based documentary filmmaker Anita Barar, that captures the lives of 15 families, who moved across the border through bloodshed and mayhem to begin a new life was screened during a seminar organised by Srijan Samvad organised in collaboration with Department of Mass Communication Karim City College and New Delhi Film Foundation. Barar was also present on the occasion.

While conducting the programme, Dr Neha Tiwari, head of Mass Communication Department of Karim City College, discussed the continuous series of creation dialogues. Welcoming the guests, Dr. Vijaya Sharma, the convener of public dialogue, said that adding writers and filmmakers from abroad in the creation dialogue is a good sign.

Ashish Kumar Singh of New Delhi Film Foundation gave a detailed introduction to Anita Barar. This documentary was followed by a very emotional documentary, which includes interviews of people who have seen the tragedy of the partition of India themselves and have now settled in Australia.

The documentary encapsulates the emotive stories of senior citizens of Indian and Pakistani origin now living in Australia, who had moved across the border against their own wishes. There are touching tales of how Hindus and Muslims risked their lives to protect friends and neighbours from the other community.

Barar said: “I have used the documentary to provide a platform for people from both countries to share their first hand experiences of how a line on the map, drawn on the basis of religious majority, changed their lives forever.” Her father was assured by his friends in Pakistan that things would cool down, but one fateful November day in 1947, they had no choice but to take the train to India empty-handed.

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