India, 2018, 86 min, Dir. Praveen Morchhale, Not Rated, Urdu with English subtitles, Oration Films
“Power, and its absence, shape the conflict-hardened heart of Widow of Silence, a serenely beautiful tragedy about women and war.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
In conflict ridden Kashmir, Aasia, a half-widow (a woman whose husband 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. Confronted by a corrupt official who creates a bureaucratic nightmare, she will need unthinkable strength to overcome the absurd situation. Combining a visual style which is calm and meditative with a story of kafkaesque bureaucracy, Praveen Morchhale’s Widow of Silence builds to a stunning climax – both ironic and terrifying.
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