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Fahad Shah's First Documentary Released on Maqbool Bhat's Anniversary Featured

February 11

The first documentary of famous Kashmir Journalist, Fahad Shah titled ' Bring Him back' was released today on the 34 death anniversary of Maqbool Butt, the founder of Jammu Kashmir Liberation front.

The film is produced by Talat Butt, Co-produced by RåFILM Sweden and JKTV Manchester.

The film that has been shot over a period of three years from 2013 to 2015 in Kashmir was released for public on Sunday.

It was initially released in London at the University of Westminster in 2015 and later on screened at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, Lund University of Sweden, British Parliament, This is the first time that the filmmakers have released the film worldwide for public.

Fahad Shah's documentary follows Shahmali Begum, the 84-year-old mother of Bhat, who has been campaigning to get her son's mortal remains back to Kashmir for last 34 years.

The film's director, Fahad Shah, who was educated in London, is a journalist and editor currently based in Kashmir frequently writes for international publications. He is the founding editor of The Kashmir Walla magazine and the editor of the anthology Of Occupation and Resistance: Writings from Kashmir (2013). 

Fahad Shah has ground reported from nooks and corners of Kashmir valley bringing the issues of utmost concern in public domain. He is currently working on his second book.

The producer of the Documentary, Talat Bhat is a Sweden based Kashmiri activist, documentary filmmaker, and trade union campaigner, who has a Masters degree in Media Production and is researching the impacts of new media technologies in conflict zones. 

Link to film: https://www.facebook.com/JammuKahsmirTV/videos/1644805638887849/

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