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Europe: Kashmiri Pandits term ‘The Kashmir Files’ as “realistic portrayal of ignored history”, announces screening

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The European Kashmiri Pandit Community has arranged a showing of the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ this Friday in The Hague, Netherlands, claiming that it is a “realistic representation of forgotten history.”

According to a press release published by the community, the film will be screened alongside the writer/director and producer at Pathe Buitenhof 20 in The Hague at 3:30 (local time).

“The – already controversial – film ‘The Kashmir Files’, which will be shown on Friday 17 June in Pathe Buitenhof 20 in The Hague, does provide a realistic picture of what happened on 19 January 1990 when the genocide in Kashmir took place,” the statement read.

“We, Kashmiri Pandits, have a rich and unique culture rooted in a sophisticated philosophy, namely ‘Kashmiri Shaivism’. Kashmiri Pandits have a written history of over 3000 years; unique musical genres and instruments; language (Kashmiri) with its own script (Sharda) and an extensive collection of historical and early modern literature,” it read further.

“The film will also be screened in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom in the coming months. In the latter country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited the two makers of the film to tell their story in the British Parliament. Various Muslim organizations oppose the film screenings in the different countries, including the Scottish Muslim Council in the United Kingdom,” the statement added further.

‘The Kashmir Files’ is based on the life of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency. It is an account of the struggles and massacre of the Kashmiri Pandit community, starring Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumaar, Puneet Issar, Mrinal Kulkarni, and others and had crossed Rs 200-crore mark at the box office within two weeks of its release.

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