Students from New Delhi’s prestigious AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, of the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University have produced a haunting film on Kashmir, that features Kasmiri poet Zareef Ahmad Zareef.
Twenty three students from JMI’s MA Visual Effects and Animation course (2017-19), got together to create a sand animation music video titled ‘Zaroorat Nahi’ that depicts the suppression, resilience, resistance and spirit of the Kashmiri people living under state tyranny and military repression.
“Instead of just focusing on sand art animation techniques to make a swanky video, we focused on telling a story. Since the visual medium is a powerful one, we decided to explore it to tell serious stories that need telling,” Ubair Showkat, one of the three Kashmiri students involved in the making of the video told News18.
The video plays to the poetry of Zareef Ahmad Zareef. The music is co-composed by Hujjat Khumani and Manan Khan. Manan also provides the voice to the Urdu version of the soundtrack.
The film has been nominated for the FICCI Best Animated Frames (BAF) Awards under the ‘Best Student Animated Short Film’ category