Kashmir is the most militarized zone in the world, with a huge military and paramilitary deployment. For several decades, Kashmir has seen terrible bloodshed and crimes against its people, which are often invisible to the international community.
When one story leaked about the mass rape and killing of an 8-year old girl by 8 men, including a police officer, the story made international headlines. After the eight men were arrested, the people of the village, including doctors, lawyers and other professionals, charged the streets to protest their arrests; a ‘pro-rapist rally.’ Sadly, atrocities like this happen all too often, and are too quickly forgotten. Today, this story about the 8-year old victim is old news.
The culture of sexualized violence, including rape, requires systematic intervention to bring about ethical change.
A woman is often targeted with rape because she is symbolic of her community and cultural values. Women’s bodies, girl’s bodies are often defiled to harm the community.
“The Forgotten People of Kashmir” is a 70-minute documentary about the powerful journey of a filmmaker going undercover to Jammu and Kashmir to document the human rights violations being committed against the people including mass rape, torture, extrajudicial executions, mass blindings, disappearances, mass graves, and more.
“As survivors we struggle to share our stories and to heal. Now is the time in the world to create spaces in which we can be seen and be heard and our demands for justice to be taken seriously. I am a rape survivor myself and find it important to bring stories of injustice into the light. I found incredible strength when I brought my story into the light. I want to help facilitate change for the people of Kashmir who have been ignored by their government and society in general, and often by the international community. Kashmiri’s live with tremendous suffering and violence with very little awareness and solidarity from the rest of the world. We need your help urgently to build a bridge towards a larger understanding to help bring justice to light ” – Anne Leigh Cooper
Anne and the other filmmakers risked their lives to film this documentary, And the extensive footage of the realities in Kashmir include survivors who share their stories.
As part of her work as the Executive Director of The Give Freedom Fund, Anne has identified human rights organizations that are working hard and under threat to address mass rapes, torture, mass blinding as well as uncovering enforced disappearances, mass graves and extrajudicial killings.
Our experienced team has the character, courage and commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges. We extensively diligence organizations, conducting on-the-ground research and large-scale interviews to clarify risks and identify opportunities.
Anne Leigh Cooper, Executive Director of The Give Freedom Fund, is a filmmaker and human rights activist based in New York City. Anne Leigh Cooper has since directed and produced several social impact films including “Stockholm Syndrome” and Documentary “Feminism in Nicaragua; The last trench”. Her current projects in development “What about HER? A true inspired narrative about sex trafficking and documentary “The Forgotten People of Kashmir” about human rights violations including torture and mass rape in Indian-administered Kashmir in post production. Anne Leigh Cooper has become a celebrated speaker and activist on the topic of Human Sex Trafficking, rape and violence against women including a delivery to the United Nations, several human rights conferences and several ground breaking initiatives in social impact around the world.
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Through your generous support, you will contribute to the hard work of human rights organizations located in Kashmir and those who are dedicated to ending suffering in Kashmir, and elsewhere across South Asia. Your support will help to stop the atrocities against women, men and children and bring visibility to the stories that have gone untold. Every little bit helps, and you will see the progress of those you have supported.
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“Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.”
– Robert F. Kennedy