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Film Desk Takes to "Zero Bridge"

A scene from Tariq Tapa's "Zero Bridge." [Photo courtesy of Film Desk]

The first film in 40 years to be filmed in Kashmir, Tariq Tapa's debut feature "Zero Bridge," has been acquired by Film Desk for U.S. distribution. The company is set to open the film on February 16, 2011 at New York's Film Forum, with a limited national rollout to follow soon thereafter.

The film, which won Best Film at the Leeds International Film Festival, tells the story of Dilawar, a rebellious seventeen-year-old Kashmiri boy living on the outskirts of Srinagar city under the strict rule of his uncle. At the movie's outset, Dilawar has abandoned school to work for his uncle. Unhappy with his current life, the boy engages in a series of petty crimes to run away and join his adoptive mother who abandoned him.

Tapa said of the film in press release, "I thought that a simple story introducing the lives of a few Kashmiri citizens and their common hopes and fears would show their humanity more intimately than the usual Western documentaries on the Kashmir Situation or the Bollywood products which treat Kashmir purely as an exotic backdrop."

On the acquisition, Film Desk President said, "I am thrilled to be bringing such exciting new talent from such a cinematically underrepresented part of the world to U.S. audiences, and I’m also looking forward to working with the creative, experienced minds at APD for the release of this important film."

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