The issue, the concert and the film
The world looked on helplessly as tragedy overtook the people of the Swat valley caught in the crossfire of war. As always the greatest sufferers were the children.
Salman, doctor, musician, crusader for peace and justice, is also an old friend, so when he asked if I would like to send a message from India for his concert to raise awareness about conditions in the Swat valley, of course I was happy to do it.
I thought to avoid the cliches of of friendship that usually involve showing Indian and Pakistani flags waving in harmony. Instead I took my camera into a Mumbai slum where so many of the powerless and penniless live and face daily indignities and uncertainties and yet retain their spirit of resistance.
What has resulted is a message from the economically displaced children of India to the militarily displaced children of Pakistan.
Production, Direction, Editing: Anand Patwardhan
Camera and Sound: Anand Patwardhan and Simantini Dhuru
Production Assistance: Trupti Kanade and Nikesh Korgaonkar
Special Thanks: Simpreet, Umar and Sajida and
The children and teachers of Mandala, Mumbai and
The Ghar Bachao Andolan (The Save Homes Movement)