Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
India / 2010 / Urdu dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 99 minutes


Rafiq and his family are struggling to come to terms with the loss of his older brother Tauqir, a tourist photographer, who is one of the thousands of young men who have disappeared since the onset of the militant insurgency in Kashmir. After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the border into Pakistan to become a militant, Rafiq returns home, frustrated by his own failure to escape. But when he discovers his late brother's cherished camera, complete with a roll of film, his life finds a new sense of purpose. The almost talismanic power of the cheap camera serves as a means to connecting to the past and offers Rafiq a new perspective on his troubled world. Actor Aamir Bashir's feature debut, 'Harud' is filmed with the muted, earthy tones of autumn flooding the screen with soft natural energy and light. And this emphasises the contrasting tension, generated by warring men and the dismal futility of their collective rage. Anchored by a quietly devastating performance from Shahnawaz Bhat as Rafiq, 'Harud' is a brilliantly dynamic yet subtle work that marks Bashir as a director to watch.



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Violence 15+

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