A controversial film which explores the disappearance of a father in Indian administered Kashmir is due to be premiered at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford on Tuesday 21 January.

The Independent film from India ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’ tells the story of a British-Kashmiri teenage girl who travels to the Indian Himalayan state to search for her father, only to discover that he “disappeared” and was then killed after being taken away by Indian soldiers for interrogation.

The film is set against the backdrop of the continuing turmoil in Indian-administered Kashmir that has been ongoing for the past 30 years.

Last year, the tensions exploded in Kashmir after the Indian government revoked Article 370 and placed the region in lockdown. The move stripped away the autonomy Kashmir had been granted in exchange for joining the Indian union after independence in 1947. Another part of the state remained within Pakistan. Both countries claim it as their own.

The move prompted anger in Britain and protests outside the Indian High Commission, which resulted in violence, vandalism and several arrests. Demonstrations were also held in Bradford, which has a largely Kashmiri population from the Pakistan side.

The film has already been released in India last year, however this was after a long battle with India’s board of censors, which insisted that certain parts be cut and that the film also contain a number of disclaimers.

British screenings will show the unedited version of the film. The Bradford screening will also include a live Q&A with the director Ashvin Kumar

For more information or to book a screening visit:

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/cinema/no-fathers-kashmir-tbc-qa-ashvin-kumar