Bangalore International Centre had arranged the screening of the documentary film “What the Fields Remember” directed by Subasri Krishnan on Wednesday, 24th February, 2016 at 6.00 PM. The director of the film was present to interact with the audience. The event was chaired and moderated by Rashmi Sawhney
The documentary film revisited the massacre which happened on 18th February 1983, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in which more than 2000 Muslims were killed in the town of Nellie and its surrounding villages in Assam. From the survivors, Sirajuddin Ahmed and Abdul Khayer’s, retelling of the event, and their struggles of coping with loss and memories that refuse to fade away, the film has attempted to explore ideas of violence, memory and justice. It also has tried to understand how physical spaces that have witnessed the violence continue to mark people’s relationship to history and memory. This film also raised larger questions around collective memory – of what we choose to remember and why we choose to forget.
The interactive discussion after the screening was informative.