Geeta V. Patel, Senain Kheshgi, USA, 2008, color, video, 88'
Two American filmmakers, friends from opposite sides of the divide (one is Pakistani Muslim and the other Indian Hindu), travel together to Kashmir to find out why their countries have been fighting over this piece of land for over 60 years. In their touching film chronicle, the women encounter intriguing people, interview refugees, investigate, look for the truth, contemplate and learn. Apart from the dramatic scenes that expose some parts of the political puzzle in Kashmir, the tension in the film is also built by the filmmakers' dealing with the intractability of the conflict: it confuses and shocks them, and even makes them take sides. Can different truths exist side by side? To their surprise, their friendship gets tested over deeply rooted religious and cultural biases that they never had to face in America. Splendid images of the landscape contrast with the suffering of the Kashmiri people in this intimate cinematic diary.