Letter From Your Far-Off Country

Suneil Sanzgiri
CANADIAN PREMIERE
USA/INDIA, 2020, 16MM>DIGITAL, 18 MIN
ENGLISH/HINDI/URDU (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

Drawing upon a rich repository of images—from digital renderings of Kashmir’s mountains to the textured materiality of 16mm hand-processing and direct animations techniques—Letter From Your Far-Off Country maps a hidden vein of shared political commitment and diasporic creative expression, linking a poem by the Kashmiri American writer Agha Shahid Ali with interviews with the filmmaker’s father and a letter addressed to Communist Party leader Prabhakar Sanzgiri, who is also the filmmaker’s distant relative.

 

  • Suneil Sanzgiri is an Indian American artist, researcher, and filmmaker working to understand how systems of oppression are informed and reinforced by trauma, history, and memory. His work spans experimental video, animations, essays, and installations, and contends with questions of identity, heritage, culture, and diaspora in relationship to structural violence.

  • Rupali Morzaria is a designer and film programmer based in Toronto. In 2018, she set in motion “Sanghum Film”, a film collective dedicated to exploring the world of Indian cinema. Rupali has previously worked with Images Festival, Pleasure Dome, and NANG magazine.