Pin It
.
Favorites

Film Review: "A Thin Wall" 

In her lyrically non-linear documentary "A Thin Wall," local filmmaker Mara Ahmed focuses on the lingering effects of the partitioning of India in 1947. Filmed on each side of the border -- in both India and Pakistan -- the deeply personal production allows Ahmed and co-producer SurbhiDewan to examine their individual histories, assembling the recollections of family members and close friends, along with on-the-street conversations with citizens of both countries. What emerges is a complicated portrait of a people torn apart by arbitrary lines and still feeling the effects of the deaths, displacement, and mass migration that resulted.

We hear from each family as they share stories of their lives before and after the division, explaining the devastating effect it had on their loved ones and the culture at large. By focusing on these personal narratives, Ahmed creates a powerful and intimate account of history. "A Thin Wall" mixes in art, animation, music, and literary writing -- including pieces by British poet John Siddique, Pakistani writer Uzma Aslam Khan, and Indian historian Urvashi Butalia -- weaving together a rich tapestry of history, memory, and loss, while imploring us to retain the lessons taught to us by the past.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Movie Reviews

More by Adam Lubitow

Browse Listings

Submit an event
  • Re: Interview: The Goddamn Gallows

    • Interesting that this paper will publish, as part of one of THEIR stories, words that,…

    • on February 22, 2019
  • Re: Adam McFadden facing federal charges

    • Playing the race card in ...5....4....3....2...

    • on February 22, 2019
  • Re: Our national emergency

    • Great discussion. Thank you, Mrs. Towler. But let me add another version of Leonard Cohen/s…

    • on February 21, 2019
  • More »
  • This Week's Issue

    Cover Story:
    Yarms: a profile in musical curiosity
    If you’ve frequented the folk and singer-songwriter circuits in Rochester in the last 10 years, you’ve probably heard Ryan Yarmel play. Every Wednesday this month at Abilene Bar and Lounge, Yarmel is hosting a stylistically diverse concert series called the “Yarms February Frolic.” read more ...

    Tweets @RocCityNews

    © 2019 City Newspaper.

    Website powered by Foundation.