2008. USA. Tariq Tapa. 96 min.
Introduced by Tapa
Sunday, November 22, 2009, 12:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2008. USA. Written and directed by Tariq Tapa. With Mohamad Imran Tapa, Taniya Khan, Ali Mohammad Dar. A discovery of the 2009 Venice and Karlovy Vary Film Festivals, Zero Bridge was filmed entirely in the war-torn city of Srinagar, Kashmir, with an astonishing cast of first-time actors and a crew of one—Tapa himself. The filmmaker’s debut feature, which bears the neorealist traces of Roberto Rossellini and Ermanno Olmi, is a beautifully observed portrait of daily life in Kashmir—its quotidian pleasures and dangers—as well as a gripping drama of a teenage pickpocket who longs to reunite with his adoptive mother in Delhi, but who finds himself morally and emotionally attached to a young woman whose passport he has stolen. Tapa, who was born in New York City to a Kashmiri Muslim father and an American Jewish mother, notes that “I thought that a film introducing the lives of a few Kashmiri citizens and their common hopes and fears would show their humanity more intimately than the usual Western documentaries on the Kashmir Situation or the Bollywood products that treat it purely as an exotic backdrop.” In Kashmiri, Urdu; English subtitles. 96 min.