To the Children of Swat


“I thought to avoid the clichés of friendship that usually involve showing Indian and Pakistani flags waving in harmony.  Instead I took my camera into a Mumbai slum where so many of the powerless and penniless live and face daily indignities and uncertainties and yet retain their spirit of resistance.  What has resulted is a message from the economically displaced children of India to the militarily displaced children of Pakistan.” — Anand Patwardhan

Anand Patwardhan is an Indian filmmaker, who has been making political documentaries for nearly three decades, pursuing diverse controversial issues that are at the crux of social and political life in India.  Many of his films have been at one time or another banned by state television channels in India.  This film was released in 2009.

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