[Reader-list] [vikalp] Our response to...
rashneek at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 17:32:01 IST 2007
Ana whosoever said that those against the movie are desperate lot is
laughable because it is them whose mails are going up and down to make movie
see the light of the day.
On 8/14/07, MRSG <mrsg at vsnl.com> wrote:
> A laudable suggestion by Yousuf to see the Kashmir film jointly both by
> supporters and the opponents of the film. But before that why not a
> session of joint reading of 'Satanic Verses' by Salman Rushdie by the
> supporters and the opponents of the great novel.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Yousuf" <ysaeed7 at yahoo.com>
> To: <vikalp at yahoogroups.com>; "sarai list" <reader-list at sarai.net>
> Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 10:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [Reader-list] [vikalp] Our response to...
> > I agree with you - the efforts of stopping a screening
> > are not right - the group of people who are against
> > this film are certainly a desparate lot, probably
> > because no one seems to be listening to them (as
> > someone among them said "the film rubs salt with their
> > wounds"). But someone needs to take an initiative to
> > create a congenial atmosphere where they can probably
> > be invited formally for a screening and a discussion.
> > Why don't we make an invitation right on this forum
> > (or Sarai-list etc.) to the group of people who are
> > against the film, to come and join us for a "peaceful"
> > screening and a more civilized debate where issues can
> > be discussed in a more friendly and fruitful manner.
> > And let us see how is the response. I think some of
> > those protesting against the film did say on the Sarai
> > list that they are NOT against the showing of the
> > film. So let us start an online poll or petition
> > (primarily for those against the film) to find whether
> > they are seriously interested in a healthy screening
> > and dialogue or not. It may be of benefit to everyone.
> > --- Saba Dewan <sabadewan at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Dear Yousuf,
> >> I agree with you that we need to hear out and
> >> respond to the best of our
> >> abilities peoples' objections to our film. However I
> >> do think that you are
> >> blurring the boundaries between people's right to
> >> protest against a
> >> film/painting/book they find offensive and their
> >> mode of protest. Few film
> >> makers would have a problem about letting people in
> >> to a screening and
> >> engaging with them in a critical debate - AFTER THE
> >> FILM IS OVER. Come and
> >> watch my film, rip it apart if you must post
> >> screening and if even then if
> >> it continues to rankle go ahead and put your point
> >> of view across in as many
> >> public foras as you can. Write, paint, make a film
> >> or just talk to other
> >> like minded people and come up with ways of
> >> democratic protest. Whether I
> >> agree or not with your point of view I have no
> >> problems with this at all .
> >> But if on the other hand you choose to protest by
> >> wanting to disrupt the
> >> screening of a film (and in most cases succeeding) -
> >> how democratic is that
> >> ? As I see it this amounts to violating freedom of
> >> expression along with a
> >> bankruptcy of an alternate point of view. The irony
> >> is that in most cases
> >> people who come baying for stopping a film have
> >> actually not even seen it
> >> for themselves. What kind of debate is possible in
> >> such a scenario? And
> >> whose freedom of expression is to be protected here
> >> ?
> >> Cheers
> >> Saba
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> --
> >> [Non-text portions of this message have been
> >> removed]
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