“There is so much need for this storytelling. I want to be the bridge between these Kashmiri stories and the world.”
Ifat Gazia was born and raised in the most militarized place on earth, Kashmir. She grew up listening to stories of oppression, occupation and resilience and eventually became a storyteller, bringing the story of Kashmir to the world through her articles, research papers, films and podcast.
She joins the show to talk about this storytelling, the manifold expressions of freedom, and being prepared for liberation.
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Ifat Gazia is a 28-year-old Kashmiri Muslim filmmaker, journalist and academic, currently pursuing her PhD in communications at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She previously has a degree in media from SOAS, University of London. She was born and raised in the most militarized place on earth, Kashmir. She grew up listening to stories of oppression, occupation and resilience and eventually became a storyteller, bringing the story of Kashmir to the world through her articles, research papers, films and podcast. Ifat’s first documentary ‘Long Ago I Died’ that she directed at the age of 19 was widely acclaimed in Kashmir and abroad. Her research work in Kashmir has been mostly related to human rights. She has co authored the first comprehensive report on torture in Kashmir and has also contributed to the 2019 Project Censored book. She is a recipient of UMass Research Enhancement and Leadership Fellowship and also the Muslim Women in Media Fellowship 2020. She is the founder and producer of The Kashmir Podcast, a bi-weekly educational podcast from Kashmir bringing out the stories of grassroots resistance and resilience to the outside world . Her PhD research broadly looks at the intersection of technology and occupation. She can be reached on Twitter @ifatgazia
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