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After Prayers

Titolo inglese: After Prayers
Anno: 2018
Durata: 61'
Regista: Simone Mestroni
Montatore: conti donatello

Colore: Color
Formato: HD
Ratio: 16:9
Lingua originale: kashmiri/english
Sottotitolo: italiano
Genere: Ethnography
Tema: Diritti umani - Guerra & Conflitti - Politica & SocietÓ - Religione
Paese di produzione: Italia
Stato lavori: pronto
Data Uscita: 16-11-2018

Nome: Simone
Cognome: Mestroni
SocietÓ: 1981

Routine violence and muezzins' calls for prayers shape the time-flow of daily life in Indian Kashmir. From traumatic memories of a guerrilla's funeral to the present anti-India street-riots, throughout a maimed muhajideen's tale, people's destiny seems to be stretched between hope and anger, love and grief, poetry and brutality. Every milestone in people's stories -being it the first army crackdown in the valley or the decision to leave for Afghanistan to get guerrilla-warfare training- seems to happen in a mosque, just immediately after prayers. Almost 30 years have gone since the beginning of the armed struggle and notwithstanding a widespread frustration, the controversial dream of Kashmir's independence, along with the nightmare of the conflict, is still preserved alive. It is again after Friday's prayers that Kashmiri youngsters regularly engage Indian soldiers in stone-throwing riots, and it is ultimately here that the vicious cycle of violence, nourished by new martyrs' fresh blood, keeps perpetuating in the intimacy of ordinary life.

After Prayers is a documentary shaped on a 3 years long fieldwork research on Kashmiri separarism, carried out by Simone Mestroni along his Phd research for a Phd in anthropology at Messina University. The thematic focus of the research was the reproduction of the conflict into the emotional and microsocial sphere, and the film aims at representing the same issues through the more audience friendly language of visual narrative.

-Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival,
-Sheffield Doc/Fest (Doc/player selection),
-Rome Independent Film Festival,
-Athens Ethnographic Film Festival,
-Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival
-Days of Ethnographic Film
-Censurados Film Festival
-RAI Film Festival