Cunningham is a second year student in documentary film
at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has
an undergraduate degree in history from Brown University,
and has worked in the film industry in Asia and the U.S.
Mehta is also a second year documentary student at the
Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. He received
an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from
Berkeley. Mehta worked as a cameraman on the Sundance
award-winning film, My Flesh and Blood.
Kashmir is a divided land. India controls one part, Pakistan controls
the other. It has been this way since 1947. Pakistan and India
have fought two wars over this beautiful, tragic highland, and
for the past fifteen years, the Indian army in Kashmir has battled
a pro-independence movement. For Muslim militants it has become
a jihad or holy war.
When we arrived in Kashmir, we saw soldiers everywhere, peering
from the tops of balconies and peeking out of bunkers on street
corners. There are nearly 600,000 Indian security forces in
the Indian-occupied part of Kashmir, home to some 8.5 million
people. It is the highest soldier-to-civilian ratio in the world.
came here because there is, at long last, talk of peace. India
and Pakistan, both nuclear powers, signed a cease-fire agreement
in November 2003 and pledged to go forward with twelve "confidence-building"
measures. For the first time in fourteen years, the two countries
played a cricket match last spring, and it went off peacefully.
Now they are proposing the re-opening of Kashmir's main highway,
which is currently blocked at the Line of Control which divides
India- and Pakistan-held Kashmir.
We decided to take a road trip as far as we could go on this
Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Road -- to see what life is like in the
legendary valley of Kashmir and to ask people what they thought
about the prospects for peace.
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