“The Stitch” is set near the LOC (Line of Control – not a recognized international boundary but a de facto border between India and Pakistan) in Baramulla/Uri, towards the extreme north of Kashmir. The film takes us into the life of a nine- year old girl, who takes respite in drawing despite the fact that to fulfill her little aspirations like going to school, she has to navigate difficult geographical terrains and occasionally a curfew or a crossfire. By zooming into the microcosm of the girl’s life, this short film endeavors to portray the larger story of Kashmir and the negotiations the people in any contested territory have to make in order to deal with the fissures in their geographical and personal identities. As a conscious act of resistance against the infidelity of language, there are no dialogues in the film.
Directed by Asiya Zahoor (India)