Screening: The Sky Below

Event offered by:
Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th Street)
New York, NY
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Event Transcripts and Video

Third screening of Spring Screening Series: "The Sky Below," an award-winning documentary film about the partition of the Indian subcontinent, with Director Sarah Singh.

About the film:

To create the documentary The Sky Below, Sarah Singh traveled with no crew across one of the world's most volatile regions tracing culture, history, and the politics of divide and rule. The film is a contemporary exploration of the creation of Pakistan and the 1947 Partition of the Indian Subcontinent, weaving together 5000 years of culture while investigating the lingering after-effects of this six-decade old political divide, most tragically witnessed by Kashmir. With her life in the hands of strangers and sometimes gunmen, Singh traveled from the desert of Kutch to the snowy mountains of Kashmir; and from the seaside city of Karachi to the spare but volatile terrain of the Khyber Pass. The rising instability of the region, seen recently in the Mumbai and Lahore attacks, is of great concern to the world now; and this timely film brings to the fore the relevance of the region's shared past and it's potential for reconciliation. Interviewing over 75 people, recording regional music and visiting some of the world's most important archaeological and historical sites, The Sky Below gives a glimpse into the complexity of a part of the world that continues its' parallel rise as an economic powerhouse and “the most dangerous place on Earth”. Selected for over 15 international film festivals and winner of the Best Debut Film at Film South Asia. Following the film, Sarah Singh will speak and respond to questions.