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Zero Bridge (2011)

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In the tradition of hard-hitting neo-realist filmmaking comes ZERO BRIDGE, the debut feature of Tariq Tapa, a US-born filmmaker of Kashmiri/Jewish-American descent. Having spent his childhood summers in India-controlled Kashmir with his father's family, he was committed to making a film of quotidian life, far from Bollywood fantasies and Western news reports of terrorism: Dilawar is a teenage pickpocket whose escape plans are complicated when he develops an uneasy alliance with a woman (herself

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Art House & International, Drama

Jun 5, 2012

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[Director Tariq Tapa's] neorealist approach, not supported by much technique, gets dreary, but he has an ace up his sleeve.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The wisp of a story that drives the film follows the neo-realist template a little too closely.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Rough hewn neo-realist drama from India has its sociological fascinations.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Made for a song with a non-pro cast and DV camera gear out of his backpack, Tariq Tapa's debut feature shows the young Kashmiri-American as a filmmaker of enormous promise and precocious maturity.

February 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Almost effortlessly, the plot of Zero Bridge grabs you.

February 20, 2011 Full Review Source: About.com
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Despite story elements that don't jive, successfully personalizes new generation's sadly thwarted yearnings for freedom from traditional restrictions in a stymied place.

February 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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A winning example of modesty in front of the camera and intelligence behind it.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The fact that Tariq Tapa's Zero Bridge has been forged on such bare, simple terms makes it hard to quibble with the film's more glaring faults

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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An amazing first film by a 29 year old director/screenwriter/cameraman on location in war-torn Kashmir. Not explicitly a radical film, it has references to this beautiful country's war-related suffering in almost every frame.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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The gritty tale, crafted in the social realist tradition, is a raw metaphor touching on the psychology of mass misery in that Indian occupied police state, where even the movie theaters are now expropriated military headquarters.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

This excellent debut film provides an insider's view of life in Kashmir.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An anecdotal, frequently evocative debut feature chronicling a teenage pickpocket's restless life in a Kashmiri town.

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Zero Bridge

"Zero Bridge" starts with Dilawar(Mohamad Emran Tapa) meeting an acquaintance at a bridge, after which they do a little light purse snatching. They have a disagreement about the split which draws the attention of a soldier, landing them both in jail. Dilawar's devout uncle Ali(Ali Muhammed Dar) bails him out. In the meantime, Bani(Taniya Khan) is looking to replace her stolen passport.

While lacking sorely in technique, "Zero Bridge" is still an engaging look at a teenager who is at a stage in his life when he is making tons of mistakes, not thinking that his actions might have consequences. However, this does not excuse his uncle, whose whole life is built on hard work and has asked for nothing, handing down punishments that are on the verge of abusive. All of this happens in Kashmir which is marred by violence, corrobated by news reports and the ubiquitous soldiers who keep people from loitering at a bridge, by force, if necessary. In the end, area youth are left with few options if they want to stay.
February 27, 2011
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