When a Kashmiri woman attempts to get her seven-years missing husband’s death certificate issued, a bureaucratic nightmare threatens her family’s future and her own existence. Widow of Silence is now screening in North America.
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In a conflict ridden Kashmir, a half-widow – 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.
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.
Busan International Film Festival – International Film Festival Rotterdam – Göteborg Film Festival – Seattle Film Festival
“Allow yourself to be hypnotized by its sedate, melancholy allure, and you will be rewarded with a deeply affecting experience.” Alex Saveliev, Film Threat
“Power, and its absence, shape the conflict-hardened heart of “Widow of Silence,” a serenely beautiful tragedy about women and war.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“[Widow of Silence] packs an unsettling message of empowerment very rare in the social injustice genre” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“The final four minutes turn what was already a fine picture into an unforgettable one, affirming Morchhale’s status as one of the most exciting figures of the Indian new wave.” Matt Hagerholm, RogerEbert.com
“It is very rare for Indian filmmakers to take on the Kashmiri case in such an emphatic and problem-focused manner… for international audiences, it is a rare opportunity to gain insight into problems that are not widely-publicized.” – Joanna Konczak, Asian Movie Pulse