Widow of Silence

  • Feature
  • 2018
  • 86 Minutes
  • India
  • Language: Urdu

In a conflict ridden Kashmir, a Muslim half-widow, viz a woman whose husband who has disappeared, finds herself, her 11 year old daughter and ill mother-in-law in a crisis when she attempts to get her missing husband’s death certificate from the government. Now she will have to find the strength to come out from an unthinkable and absurd situation. This leads family’s quite life into a mammoth turmoil.

Director: Praveen Morchhale

Screenwriter: Praveen Morchhale

Production Company: Barefoot Pictures

Premier Status: Regional premiere


Film Critic

Life in heaven and hell

Mehrzad Danesh

Mehrzad Danesh

At first glance, “Widow of Silence” portrays the life of a woman, Aasiya, in the conflict ridden Kashmir where many face struggles of unemployment, livelihood, and occupation, yet are determined to find solutions in peace and silence. The tragic story, however, slowly but surely, enters an absurd situation. Aasiya finds herself, her 11-year-old daughter and sick mother- in-law in a crisis when her husband is picked up by army officers. He never returns, but seven years on, the government is unwilling to declare him dead. She tries to get her missing husband’s death certificate, but the government is not cooperating, as it is with Kashmir’s many half widows – women whose husbands were victims of alleged enforced disappearances during the armed struggle of the 1990s. Aasiya has to deal with dwindling finances and the unwelcome attention of
villagers and a simple employee who drags her to his office and keeps her husband’s death certificate in suspense to reach his malicious intent. The grotesque climax of the movie is when Aasiya is considered dead which leads to termination of her employment and bank account. She eventually takes her final action against the inefficient political and social system.


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Awards

2018: Busan International Film Festival, Kim Ji-Seok Award Competition, Nominated, South Korea

2018: Kolkata International Film Festival , Best Indian Film Competition, Won - Best Indian Film Award, India

2018: International Film Festival of Kerala, International Competition, Nominated, India

2019: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Official Selection, Official Selection, Netherlands

2019: Goteborg International Film Festival, Official Selection, Official Selection, Sweden

2019: International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, Vesoul, International Competition, Critics Award , Nominated, France

2019: Mooov Film Festival, International Competition, Nominated, Belgium


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Praveen Morchhale

Producer: Praveen Morchhale

DOP / Camera: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah

Editor: Anthony Joseph

Sound: Sanal George, Shalini Agarwal

Production Designer: Nikita Shah

Cast: Ajay Chourey, Shilpi Marwaha, Bilal Ahmad, Noor Jahan


Director

Praveen Morchhale

Praveen Morchhale was born in Central India. After few years of making films and theatre working as a director, Praveen Morchhale achieved recognition with his feature film debut “Barefoot to Goa” (2013). Critics hail him as a new wave Indian cinema filmmaker. He is known for his simple, subtle, poetic cinema. “Walking With The Wind” (2017) was his second film which screened at the competition as Camerimage, Sao Paulo IFF, Fribourg IFF, Mumbai Film Fest and many more. He won ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal 2018 for his film Walking With The Wind.

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