WIDOW OF SILENCE

CANADIAN PREMIERE

INDIA • 2018 • 85 MIN • DRAMAURDU, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Praveen Morchhale | scr.: Praveen Morchhale | cin.: Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah | ed.: Anthony Joseph | art dir.: Nikita Shah | snd: Sanal George, Shalini Agarwal | cast: Shilpi Marwaha, Nooor Jahan, Zaba Banoo, Ajay Chourey | prod.: Praveen Morchhale

PRAVEEN MORCHHALE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 6:45 PM • SCREEN B

In a conflict‑ridden Kashmir, a Muslim half‑widow finds herself in crisis as she attempts to obtain her missing husband’s death certificate from the government, while taking care of her 11‑year‑old daughter and her sick mother‑in‑law. She will have to find the strength to come out from an unthinkable and absurd situation. • The film tries to portray the pain, struggle, suffering, resilience and indomitable spirit of Kashmiri half‑widows and their children. Half‑widows are women whose husbands have disappeared and their deaths are not ascertained in Kashmir. As in any other conflict‑ridden place, women and children are the most affected there too.

These half‑widows and their children live an isolated social life and face harassment, sexual exploitation and humiliation. Remaining true to reality, Widow of Silence expresses women’s condition in one corner of the world, away from the spotlight.

An Indian filmmaker, PRAVEEN MORCHHALE found himself in competition at the Mumbai Film Festival with his very first feature film, Barefoot to Goa, in 2013. In 2017, he wrote and directed Walking With the Wind, which had its world première at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. The film also won the Best Film Award at both the Tertio Millenia Film Festival in Rome and at the Mumbai Film Festival in 2017, as well as three National Awards in May 2018. Critics hail Praveen as a filmmaker of the Indian New Wave for his subtly unique style characterized by minimalist realism and humanism.