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'Kashmir’ follows the lives of four young students pursuing their dreams in one of the most contentious regions of the world.
'Kashmir’ follows the lives of four young students pursuing their dreams in one of the most contentious regions of the world.
81 backers pledged $7,937 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you everyone for your incredible generosity! We cannot believe it but in just 10 days we have reached our goal - a rare event for most kickstarter projects. We are simply thrilled.

But it isn't over yet. With a few weeks left to go, and seeing the enthusiasm and interest for the project, we want to raise an additional $5000. With this new goal we will be able to double our efforts. It will tide through a second phase of editing, pushing forward the creative momentum we have generated, bringing us closer to our goal of finishing the film. 

The Film 

‘Kashmir’ follows the lives of four young students as they strive to achieve their dreams in one of the most contentious and militarized regions in the world, Kashmir, India.

Our Journey

Kashmir is a place celebrated for its legendary beauty, and cultured people. This is also the place known as one of the most contentious and militarized regions in the world, where tens of thousands have died in the midst of years of conflict and deadlock between India, Pakistan and separatist Kashmiris as each lays claim to the region.

Having grown up in India, with Vaishali having spent time in Jammu and Kashmir in her childhood, we were tired of hearing of violence and abuse in Kashmir. We wanted to hear from the resilient young people in Kashmir whose voices had been marginalized from the mainstream. It was with this in mind that our journey began three years ago at the campus of the University of Kashmir where we met our young protagonists, who came from a generation born into conflict.

Like their peers across the Indian subcontinent and the rest of the world, they had ordinary hopes and ambitions, except they were striving to carve out their successes against extraordinary circumstances. For Javaid, Iqbal, Rafia and Aalya, a childhood rife with violence, curfews, crossfires and crackdowns had given way to precarious teenage years where an unstable peace had been established. After years of conflict, theirs was a land of people scarred by the loss of loved ones, living in a constant state of psychological trauma.

By bringing to light the human stories of these young Kashmiris, it is our hope that our film will open up possibilities of communication, understanding and justice.

How you can help

We have completed shooting ‘Kashmir’ on a mixture of self funding, many hot cups of chai, the incredible hospitality of Kashmirs, the determination of our subjects to tell their story, and many heart wrenching stories of violence and loss. We are ready to begin editing and need your help to kickstart the process. The funds we raise through this kickstarter campaign will be used towards working with an editor to edit three to four scenes from the film, which will put us in a position to successfully highlight it for additional fund raising and completion of the film.

But kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. We need to raise all $6000 else any contributions will be returned. So please contribute anything you can. And yes, you can donate from any country! Please also help spread the word through facebook and twitter.

Our film is about the hope for a peaceful future. Come be a part of this hope. 

P.S.

You also have the option of making a tax deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor Women Make Movies but only do so if you really need the tax deduction because we need to reach our Kickstarter goal. Thanks! 

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    Many thanks! This is an invitation to be a part of this project. If you believe in our film then come collaborate with us. Send us your ideas and help spread the word.

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    Many, many thanks! Receive a credit on our website and facebook page, exclusive project updates, and become an outreach partner.

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    Receive a set of 3 custom designed postcards displaying images of Kashmir from the film, a credit on our website and facebook page, and advice if you decide to visit Kashmir!

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    Receive all of the $50 prizes AND a hand picked Kashmiri handicraft from a land rich in multicultural art traditions or an award winning book about Kashmir.

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    Receive all of $100 prizes AND a CREDIT on the film AND a signed DVD of the finished film!

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    It gets even better! Receive a large custom printed photograph for your wall (13X10 or less. We will be in touch for your preference), of one of the famous Kashmir mountain tops or the Dal Lake to bring a little bit of Kashmir closer to you along with a CREDIT on the film and a signed DVD.

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    Receive an AUTHENTIC Kashmiri Pashmina shawl along with a CREDIT on the film and a signed DVD.

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    Receive a PRODUCER CREDIT, an invitation to a PRIVATE screening of the film, and an authentic Kashmiri Pashmina shawl.

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Funding period

- (31 days)