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In Memory of Friends

In Memory of Friends

IN MEMORY OF FRIENDS documents the violence and terror in Punjab, India – a land torn apart by religious fundamentalists and a repressive government. After examining the political turmoil of the late 1970′s and the rise of Sikh fundamentalism, the film focuses on the legacy of Bhagat Singh, a young socialist executed by the British in 1931 at the age of 23. Singh has since become a legend. Today the State eulogizes him as a nationalist while Sikh separatists portray him as a Sikh militant. In fact, Singh was neither. Just prior to his death he wrote a book which he entitled ‘Why I Am An Atheist.’ In strife-torn Punjab a band of brave Sikhs and Hindus carry Bhagat Singh’s secular legacy from village to village. In the religiously charged countryside ideas of internationalism and secularism now carry a price.

"With growing Muslim fundamentalism in Kashmir, Sikh fundamentalism in Punjab and Hindu fundamentalism in not just the Hindi speaking heartland but even in Kerala, and West Bengal, the importance of such a political, ideological, intellectual and human document as that produced by Anand Patwardhan cannot be over emphasized." —Vidyarthi Chatterjee, Economic Times "That was present in a man of just 23 (Bhagat Singh) seems astonishing. It was all so impressive that Patwardhan could not but see him as a great intellectual apart from being an inexorable revolutionary." —Adrian Khare, Blitz


Main credits

Patwardhan, Anand (film director)
Patwardhan, Anand (film producer)
Patwardhan, Anand (editor of moving image work)
Patwardhan, Anand (distributor)
Kanwar, Aneeta (commentator)

Other credits

Camera, Anand Patwardhan; music, Amritsar Kala Kendra, Navnirman, Jaimal Singh Padda.

Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

Religion and Spirituality


Punjab, India, Sikh, Hindu, religion, fundamentalism, secularism; "In Memory of Friends"; Anand Patwardhan

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