Pakistani filmmaker Ali Kapadia is currently developing a film project he hopes will help to promote peace between India and Pakistan.
It’s a tale we’ve heard many times-people packing up their lives and selling all their earthly possessions in the pursuit of a dream. For Ali Kapadia, a San Francisco-based Pakistani IT professional, that dream is filmmaking. Right now, that dream has led him to uproot his life in the US and return to his home country with the hope of producing a film which will break down some of the hardened ideological barriers of the Indo-Pak conflict.
Currently in the development phase, the film will be set along the Pakistani side of the Indo-Pak border around the time of the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai. The synopsis centres on two soldiers, one Indian and one Pakistani, locked in battle. The Indian solider is captured by the Pakistani soldier and the two become stranded as a storm blows in. What unfolds during the pair’s isolation, as they discuss their backgrounds, is a deconstruction of the conflict, laying bare the deep-rooted socio-political issues that fan its flames and leading each side to question and challenge the logic of such turmoil.
Kapadia has a distinct goal with his film and that is to further the dialogue about peace on the subcontinent, partly by shattering the indoctrination that occurs on both sides of the border and encouraging an understanding between the neighbouring nations. Currently the film is seeking funding to get the complete go-ahead. Check out the video pitch for the film here and get updates on its progress via Kapadia’s website.
Author: Anna Rees/ RESET editorial