Filmmakers Mohammad Irfan Dar and Muhammad Arif Urfi from the two parts of disputed Kashmir visiting The Playhouse.
The filmmakers met with Pauline Ross, Artistic Director of The Playhouse, and representatives from The Playhouse Theatre of Witness Programme on Thursday as part of a month long trip to introduce the filmmakers to organisations that have used media and film as instruments to bring communities together in divided contexts.
The visit was facilitated by The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan and Conciliation Resources, an international peacebuilding NGO based in London with whom the filmmakers have worked on collaborative documentaries - ‘A Journey through River Vitasta' and ‘Faith Divided: Spirituality Caught in Conflict'.
Irfan's main focus has been working with the children of Kashmir through visual arts, performing arts and cinema workshops and training modules to help children tell their stories to the world. Muhammad Arif Urfi is a senior journalist who runs the Geo News Bureau in Muzaffarabad. He has wide experience of working with print and electronic media, including the Television News Network (TNN) and Reuters.