The Ghetto Girl (2012) Documentary, Mixed Media, 35 min

The Ghetto Girl (2012)

Jamia Nagar is one of the largest segregated neighborhoods of Muslims in India. It is often called the ‘ghetto’ or ‘Little Pakistan’. Growing up there, I became The Ghetto Girl. I revoke that process of naming in a video essay that unfolds as a third person narrative about a girl who walks the streets and searches for a lost home movie. Combining styles of cinema verite, performance and poetry; a reflection on how the Partition of 1947 casts a shadow on the everyday.

Awards and Screenings

Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, Best Graduate Student Film Award, American

Anthropological Association, USA 2014

Indian Documentary Producers Association Award for Excellence, India 2012

Special Jury Award, Federation of Film Societies of India-SIGNS, 2012

Official Selection, International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, Korea, 2013

Official Selection, Tempo Dokumentär Festival, Stockholm, 2013

Official Selection International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Our Lives to Live, 2012

Official Selection, The Open Frame Film Festival, India, 2011

Elephants in the Dark, Refractions on Muslim Identity, Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, USA 2012

International Visual Sociology Association, 2012

International Conference on Islam, Gender and Youth in South and South-East Asia, Berlin, Germany, 2012

Deptt. of Visual Anthropology, Towson University, USA 2013 Huret and Specter Gallery, Boston 2013

William Harris Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2015

Young India Fellowship Program, Ashoka University, India 2017

Kriti, New Delhi, India, 2014

Alliance Française, Mumbai, India, 2016

Cast and Crew

Director, Editor: Ambarien Alqadar

Editing Consultant: Sikay Tang

Cinematographer: Shakeb Ahmed

Commissioned by: The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India

Read Artist Statement

The film was censored for TV broadcast in India.