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Ziyarat (The Pilgrimage)

 Award winning Feature Film


“Ziyarat”, a journey beyond borders is inspired by the internal displacement and mass migration of a complete community of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) from their mother land Kashmir in India, also known as the Paradise on earth. These innocent people have been struggling for survival for the last 25 years in refugee camps around Jammu, Nagrota, Udhampur in J& K State, and some other locations across India. The inability of the administration to provide security, safety and protection of the fundamental rights of over one million people is pathetic and questionable. It is a gross violation of Human Rights and nothing is being done to rehabilitate these innocent citizens of our world. In general the administration and the rest of the communities shift the blame of this exodus of Kashmiri Pandits on to the local populace of Muslims in Kashmir as an excuse for disowning the responsibility. Such is not true as there is a tremendous passion and bonding between most of the people of various religions in Kashmir, the face of which remains unknown to the rest of the world. Ziyarat is one such story of a young Muslim and his wife taking the responsibility of locating his lost friend and his wife who fled Kashmir to save their lives after the terrorists killed his parents, and adopting their son who was left abandoned during the attack in confusion. While the wife Mariyam assumes the responsibility of raising the young child Posh, the husband Abdul Kadir decides to cancel his trip to the Hajj and prefers to devote all his time in search of his friend Pandit Dina Nath and his wife Girija. His search is endless and he leaves no place in the valley to look for his lost friends. As he almost gives up after two years, he gets a clue that all the Kashmiri Pandits who left Kashmir Valley are living in Refugee camps in Jammu and surrounding areas. With a renewed determination he decides to look for them in the camps. The story then travels through real camps where he eventually found his lost friend


Accreditations

  • Awarded in Los Angeles new wave International Film  Festival  2011
  • Awarded in Fame walk International Film Festival, Hollywood 2011
  • Selected for a special screening as a spiritual film in Dhaka  International Film         Festival (January 2012)
  • Official selection at International Forum of New Cinema Calcutta       2011
  • Appreciated at Nashville Film Festival 2011
  • Part of the Mumbai International Film festival Market 2012
  • Official selection as the  bouquet film in Delhi International   Film festival 2012
  • Selected for an International Forum on Anti Terrorism Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Nominated for the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation Chennai   Best               Debut Director Award March 2012  
  • Official selection as the  bouquet film in Gandhi Nagar Film   festival 2012
  • Official selection film New Horizon International   Film Festival,   Tehran, Iran
  • Exempted from Entertainment tax in The Jammu & Kashmir State
  • “Ziyarat”, a film by Suresh Goswami is a well-made film. It touches   the chords      of painful emotions very well under which Kashmir
  •  is   undergoing since last so many years…….Ashoke Pandit
  • "Ziyarat" is very soul touching and realistic film............State Times
  • "Ziyarat" made the audience emotional..............Dainik Jagaran
  • "Ziyarat" film's story is heartwarming and ...International News and               Views
  • “Ziyarat” A must see and Important film for every Indian........Film           Samiksha                                                    
  • "Ziyarat" Stringent one - man effort........Film India Worldwide