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Winner of the prestigious Golden Leopard, as well as Best Actress honors for Kiron Kher at the Locarno festival, this powerhouse film about a woman's plight among Islamic radicals SILENT WATERS is the most recent title in the HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH SELECTS series. First Run Features and Human Rights Watch launched a collaboration to bring films dealing with human rights issues to a wider audience. The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival division annually endorses selected First Run titles that shed light on human rights abuses throughout the world.
Set in 1979, in a Pakistan under President General Zia-ul-Haq's martial law, SILENT WATERS begins as a bucolic story about a woman and her son, complete with a wedding celebration worthy of any Bollywood film, and then transforms into an eloquent tale of identity and belonging, faith and radicalism, and love and loss.
Ayesha is a seemingly well-adjusted middle-aged widow whose life centers around her son Saleem, a gentle, dreamy 18 year old. However, as the country embarks on the road to Islamization, political events begin to change the complexion of the town's innocent daily life and of the relationships for those who live in it. Saleem and a few of the town's other young men are soon gripped by a religious fervors. Events escalate considerably when Sikh pilgrims from India pour into the village. When one pilgrim goes looking for his sister who was abducted in 1947, Ayesha's long and sheltered past is brought to light.
A moving portrait of societal and religious discord that, despite its being set a quarter century ago, has resonance today. The forcefulness of its message makes it a rewarding cinematic experience. --Hollywood Reporter
EXTRAORDINARY! It graphically depicts the suffering women have to endure because of religion, politics, and patriarchy. --Spirituality & Health Magazine
Substantial, emotionally detailed. --New York Times
Life in rural Punjab in Pakistan is depicted quite accurately. Nice story about how it's sometimes impossible to get rid of the past.Published 2 months ago by Seemi S. Khawaja
A realistic representation of what happened in 1947 and its aftermath.Published 5 months ago by rsa
Kiron Kher is a marvelous actress. This movie really gives an insight to a culture that is very misunderstood.Published 13 months ago by Raqzilla
It is so difficult to make a movie about religious conflict and about recent history but stay clear of praising one side and condemning the other. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jonaid Sharif
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SILENT WATERS(2003) Directed and Written by Sabiha Sumar.
A French/German/Pakistan production in Urdu and Punjabi
supported and promoted by Human Rights Watch... Read more
The story of this movie has been mentioned in other reviews, as well as the political intentions of the director. Read morePublished on September 11, 2006 by Da Wulf
This is an elegant and subtle film about the lives of widow Ayesha and her teenage son Saleem and how the political and cultural climate of the past and present clash ... Read morePublished on June 7, 2006 by Erika Borsos