Watch this short documentary by ChalChitra Abhiyaan that tracks the lives of three riot survivours
On the 7th and 8th of September, 2013, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts of Western Uttar Pradesh saw their worst ever riots since independence. Independent sources reveal that over 100 people were killed and nearly 80,000 displaced. Over 90% of the victims were Muslims. Muavza follows the lives of three riot survivors, Sanaur, Saleem and Inam. All three are yet to receive their compensation. The three resolve to piece their lives together in spite of the callous attitude of the state. The documentary inter-cuts between their lives in 2013 soon after the riots and to their lives today. While they fight their circumstances and try and rebuild their lives, unforeseen effects of the riots linger on in their lives, often manifesting themselves in the most painful manner. The documentary comes from Nakul Sinfgh Sawhney, who is the face behind ChalChitra Abhiyaan, a film and media collective based out of Western Uttar Pradesh, India. Sawhney’s earlier film on the riots, Muzaffarnagar Abhi Baqi Hai gained controversy and was banned in several places for its stark portrayal of the failure of the state, as well the central government and the role they played in the riots.
Watch Muavza below.
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