The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia
Invites you to a screening of the film – What the Fields Remember
MIT Saturday October 8, 3 PM, 2016
On 18th February 1983, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, more than 2000 Muslims were killed in the town of Nellie and its surrounding villages in Assam, India. People’s homes were burnt down and their fields destroyed. Most of those who died were old people, women, and children. To date the Nellie massacre remains on the margins of India’s public history and is virtually wiped out from the nation’s collective memory.
The documentary film What the Fields Remember revisits the massacre three decades later. From the survivors’ – Sirajuddin Ahmed and Abdul Khayer – a retelling of the event, and their struggles of coping with loss and memories that refuse to fade away, the film attempts to explore ideas of violence, memory, and justice. What the Fields Remember also attempts to raise larger questions around collective memory – of what we choose to remember and why we choose to forget.
Followed by Q&A with director Subasri Krishnan
Subasri has been a filmmaker for more than a decade. She also heads the Media Lab of the Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS). Her documentary films deal with contemporary politics. Her first documentary film “Brave New Medium” on internet censorship in South-‐East Asia, has been screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally.