Documentary | 2003 | 24 mins | DVD
Director/Producer: Shilpi Gupta
Ethnicity: South Asian
The women of Kunnan Pushpora trek through the jungle to collect firewood for fuel in the militarized valley nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas in Kashmir. But they are haunted by a night now deeply entrenched in their collective memory. WHEN THE STORM CAME tells their story and gives a human face to the commonly used “weapon” of war, rape. Through evocative interviews with women and men in the village, the film recreates the night of February 23, 1991, when village women say they were victims of a mass rape at the hands of Indian security forces. A brief look at the history of India and Pakistan with respect to Kashmir provides context to the charged situation in the Himalayan paradise.