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Uploaded on Dec 13, 2011

Directed by SHAKEB AHMED; Producer & Commissioning Editor - RAJIV MEHROTRA, PSBT

Caught in the crosshairs of a war against terror, a politics of fear and prejudice and a convulsion of increasingly polarised identities, Azamgarh is a tarnished town today. Expansively seen as a ‘nursery of terror’ because of the corporate media, Azamgarh, a small sleepy district in Uttar Pradesh, the locals insist, is much more than a dangerous breeding ground for deranged terrorists. There is a rich collective memory, a glorious and cherished past, a shining tradition of syncretic living. There are more stories, other histories, more voices that one has yet not heard….

Shakeb studied English Literature at Jamia Millia University, in Delhi. An accidental exposure to European Cinema made him interested in doing a transition from studying word to studying image. He subsequently did an MA in Film and Television Production from AJK MCRC at Jamia. He has since been working independently as a cinematographer and institutional and developmental documentary filmmaker. He is deeply interested in the structures and constructions underlying identity, memory, history and mediums of expression deployed to elucidate and contest the narratives about these themes.

Rajiv Mehrotra, is an independent film maker & Managing Trustee of PSBT. His work has won more than two hundred awards and has had more than thirteen hundred film festival screenings. He is Trustee & Secretary of The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH The Dalai Lama established with the Noble Peace Prize. Rajiv's nine books - published in 50 editions/languages.

PSBT (The Public Service Broadcasting Trust)
The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India, commissions, produces and mentors 50+ independent documentary films a year. Our work wins international critical claim. Thus far, on an average, for every film we support there are two film festival selections by professional juries around the world and we win an award for every two to three of them.

We are a not-for-profit based in New Delhi that works to create and sustain a credible independent niche space for public service broadcasting in India. We work with extremely modest budgets & technologies, about two thirds of our film makers are starting out talents from accross India, fifty percent are starting out talents.

We have been/are primarily funded by Prasar Bharati, India’s national public broadcaster via its television wing Doordarshan (DD), the Films Division, External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and private Foundations

PSBT is today managed by a core programme team that includes Executive Producers Tulika Srivastava & Ridhima Mehra with Sandeep Bhatt and others . It is overseen by a distinguished Board of Trustees who include Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Fali Nariman, Kiran Karnik, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Sharmila Tagore, Sunita Narain, and CEO, Prasar Bharati.

EDITING: Nirmal Chander
SOUND: Girjashanker Vohra

Produced by PSBT supported by The Films Division, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India
http://www.psbt.org/; http://filmsdivision.org/

Festival, screening and purchase queries: distribution@psbt.org


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