SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015: FEATURE
Visible-Invisibles: The Sikhs from Kashmir
Writer and Director: Anureet Caur
Producer: Mandeep Sobti
Visible-Invisibles is based on the plight of the Sikh minority living in Kashmir. Kashmir's political status has been in dispute since the partition of India and Pakistan and this region remains at the heart of the conflict between these two countries. The continued struggle of the people of Kashmir for their right to Self Determination and the presence of more than 700,000 military and paramilitary troops of India to suppress any such freedom movements resulted in constant curfews, search operations, arrests, torture, custodial killings, and disappearances of youth. In Kashmir, more than 94 percent of population belongs to Muslims and there are approximately 80,000 Sikhs living in the valley. The radical increase in militancy and the ongoing conflict between people of Kashmir and Indian security forces since 1989 has led to frequent terror and unrest. A large population of Kashmiri Pundits left valley during the height of militancy but Sikhs stayed back. According to Sikhs from the valley, it's the Kashmiri Pundits who are getting all the benefits being refugees in Jammu and other parts of India, but no one bothered about the Sikhs of the Kashmir. Sikhs too have their share of problems and they also want to be heard. So this documentary tries to give voice to the visible Sikh minority otherwise invisible both inside and outside the valley.
Every community in the Kashmir have their share of sufferings and struggles but the aim of this film is only to highlight the life of Kashmiri Sikhs. This documentary film does not undermine the pain of Kashmiri Pundits and the plight of Kashmiri Muslims.