"Mara Ahmed's A THIN WALL is akin to a beautiful and powerful book of essays: many voices sharing poetic, personal, and political stories and viewpoints, woven together to convey a universal aching. It is a textural and tangible journey that captures a profound sense of loss for more than one generation. May we all embrace the lessons this film has to offer." (Linda Moroney, Director, Greentopia Film)
About the Film:
A THIN WALL is a documentary about memory, history and the possibility of reconciliation. It focuses on the Partition of India in 1947, but derives lessons that remain urgently relevant today. Shot on both sides of the border, in India and Pakistan, A THIN WALL is a personal take on Partition rooted in stories passed down from one generation to another. It is written and directed by Mara Ahmed and co-produced by Surbhi Dewan. Both filmmakers are descendants of families torn apart by Partition. The film is also a work of art infused with original animation, music and literary writing.
MARA AHMED (Director and Producer): Mara's first film, THE MUSLIMS I KNOW premiered at the Dryden Theatre in 2008. It was meant to start a dialogue between American Muslims and non-Muslims. Her second film, PAKISTAN ONE ON ONE, opened at the Little Theatre in 2011. Shot entirely in Lahore, it is a broad survey of public opinion in Pakistan, about issues of interest to Americans. Both films have been broadcast on PBS; shown at film festivals around the country and internationally; and they’ve also been screened on countless college and university campuses. More about Mara's work at www.NeelumFilms.com.
SURBHI DEWAN (Producer): Surbhi Dewan is an independent film professional. Her films connect personal portraits to larger socio-political landscapes. The predominant theme that runs through her work is how displacement shapes identity. Surbhi has recently worked on BORN TO RUN: THE STORY OF MILKHA SINGH produced by Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd. She headed research, scriptwriting, and production for the feature length film. Her short documentary TIME WILL TELL explores the experiences of international students in America through personal stories, poetry and animation. It has received great appreciation from a variety of audiences in the US and India. To learn more about her work, please visit www.surbhidewan.com.