Letter From Your Far-Off Country (2020)

  • 2020
  • UK Premiere
  • 18min
  • United States, India

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Shot with 16mm film stock that expired in 2002 – the same year as the state-sponsored anti-Muslim genocide in Gujarat – and filmed amid the anti-CAA protests in Delhi, Suneil Sanzgiri’s film traces lineages of ancestral memory, poetry, history, and song. He searches for solidarity in the sounds and colours of the Shaheen Bagh movement in Delhi – a women-led protest – as well as the poetry of Agha Shahid Ali, the song of Iqbal Bano, the theater of Safdar Hashmi, and images of anti-caste Dalit intellectual and founder of the Indian constitution, B.R. Ambedkar. This converges with personal material: interviews between Sanzgiri and his father, and a letter addressed to his distant relative, Communist Party leader Prabhakar Sanzgiri. Mixing digital renderings of Kashmir’s mountains with 16mm film and direct animation techniques, Letter From Your Far-off Country maps a hidden vein of shared political commitment and diasporic creative expression.

Watch the Q&A here on Saturday 5 June at 18:35 BST

Languages

English, Hindi, Urdu