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The Iron Lady of Kashmir

The Iron Lady of Kashmir is inspired from the life and fight for justice of Parveena Ahangar. A semi-literate Kashmiri housewife and a mother, Parveena's life changed on the night of 18 August, 1990, when her son Javed Ahmad Ahangar, then a 16-year-old student, was picked up allegedly by the Army who mistook him for a militant during a midnight raid on his uncle's house at Bodhipora in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar City.

A woman who seldom ventured outside of her house, against her husband’s will, started an agonizing search for her son, alone. She informed the local police station about his arrest and staged a sit-in on the road for a full day. She ran from pillar to post but her heartbreaking efforts proved futile. She approached the court which ordered an inquiry into her missing son's case. Parveena approached almost all the powerful politicians in the State but in vain. During this process of chase for her son she discovered that she was not the only one, in fact there were thousands of similar children who had disappeared leaving no trail. Determined to continue her struggle, Parveena gathered such parents who were victimized and she formed the Association of Parents of Disappeared People (APDP). The United Front for Disappeared Persons in the story signifies the APDP. Without any formal education, Parveena Ahangar has mobilized women who even after decades of the conflict in Kashmir are yet to know where their missing near and dear ones are. She is known as "The Iron Lady of Kashmir" of the Kashmir valley.


Winner,  Golden Jury International Film Festival (GJIFF), Mumbai 2021

Winner,  Quetzal coatl Indigenous International Film Festival - Hunam Rights 2021

Winner , Havelock  International Film Festival,  Andaman and Nicobar Island 2021

Winner,  Indo French International Film Festival,  Pondicherry  2021

Winner,  Gona Film Awards,  KARAIKKUDI, Tamil nadu 2021

Winner,  World Film Carnival - Singapore 2021

Finalist, Best Director Award Film Festival England 2021

Finalist, Best Indie Film Award England 2021

Finalist, Prague International Film Award 2021

Finalist,  World Film Carnival - Singapore 2021

Finalist,  Canadian Cinematography Awards (CaCA) 2021
Finalist, "Eurasia Fest" International Film Festival, Moscow, 2021
Finalist, "Eurasia Fest" EuropianInternational Film Festival, St. Petersburg 2021

Semi Finalist, Sensus Film Festival 2021

Qtr. Finalist, Social World FilmFestival, Nipoli - Italy, 2021

Official Selection and entry into Competition, Lift-Off Global Sessions 2021

Official Selection Baliwood Land Festival Indonesia 2021

Official Selection Best Director Award Film Festival England 2021

Official Selection Best Indie Film Award England 2021

Official Selection Gona Film Awards India 2021

Official Selection Prague International Film Award 2021

Official Selection World Film Carnival - Singapore 2021

Official Selection  Sensus Film Festival 2021

Official Selection  2nd Cine making International Film Festival, Dhaka 2021