Reelpolitik | Sheenkhalai
On 29 June, IPCS screened a brief pitch of Sheenkhalai-The Blue Skin, a feature-length documentary (currently in post-production) by Jaipur-based filmmaker, Shilpi Batra Adwani. The documentary is a personal inquiry by the filmmaker into the roots and journey of the Pashtun Hindu community—to which she belongs—that was displaced from Quetta (in present-day Pakistan) to Rajasthan, India, during partition in 1947. The journey is presented through oral history, foodways, ethno-musicology and linguistics, and material culture such as clothing, jewelry, coinage etc—all that connected the Pashtun
community. The screening was followed by a discussion with the director.
IPCS' Reelpolitik is a pioneering platform for the study of security issues through visual representation. Reelpolitik showcases films that are closely interlinked with IPCS' research, followed by roundtable discussions on the subjects and concepts they cover. In so doing, it is hoped that the visual medium will give scholars and practitioners an insight into the extraordinary complexities that form the basis of strategic analyses, as well as expand these critical conversations to a wider audience of stakeholders.