In disguise, American duo film Kashmir’s horror stories

Srinagar, July 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): After returning from their Kashmir trip, US-based filmmaker Jamie DeWolf and his partner and underwater model-photographer Iara Mandy recently revealed that they secretly filmed dozens of interviews with torture victims of the Indian state.

The duo in a viral Facebook post informed that the interviews would be released online in the next two months. These one-to-one interactions, they added, would be “one of the first comprehensive reports on human rights abuses in Kashmir”.

“We scattered various film gear across our suitcases and checked in the mermaid tail. But what we were REALLY doing was secretly filming dozens of interviews with torture victims of the Indian state, protesters who’d been beaten, blinded, amputees missing fingers and legs, horror stories end upon end,” he wrote in his post.

In his post, DeWolf described Kashmir as “the most militarized zone in the world with one soldier for every seven citizens and guns everywhere”. The 41-year-old writer, performer and film director from Oakland, California, visited Srinagar with Iara on a feature assignment in the first week of June.

“…while we were there, a citywide strike, protesters ran over and killed. I won’t lie that it was a shaky experience,” DeWolf wrote in his Facebook post on 27 June. “Watching people get snatched off the street in front of our hotel while I had explosive footage hiding in my room was intense.”

San Francisco-based Iara also shared her experience on Facebook, describing Kashmir as “insanely gorgeous but riddled with a lot of tension”. “A couple weeks ago my partner and I ventured halfway around the world to Srinagar, and decided while we were there we had to try and take mermaid photos in the famed Dal Lake. Here’s the first, aboard the shikara wooden boat with the Himalayas in the background!” wrote Iara who also happens to be a certified free diving instructor, scuba diver and one-time lifeguard.

Interestingly, DeWolf is the great-grandson of late American author L. Lon Hubbard who founded a new religious movement called the Church of Scientology in 1954. The filmmaker-writer in his Facebook post said he found Kashmir “not exactly a top tourist location” where they “were flying in with a cover story of doing a mermaid shoot”.

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