Widow of Silence
Director: Praveen Morchhale Starring: Shilpa Marwaha, Ajay Chourey, Bilal Ahmad Run time: 85 mins | Recommended Certificate: 15 Language: Urdu with English subtitles | Year: 2018 | Country: India
Life for half-widows in Kashmir can be dire, with many hurdles to cross to maintain even a routine existence. Aasia works as a nurse in a hospital to maintain herself, her 11-year-old daughter and her sick mother-in-law. She spends her days working, looking after her family and trying to obtain a death certificate for her husband who had been taken away by the police and presumed dead. With her life in limbo, unable to either re-marry, or settle her considerable financial debt without a death certificate, a conniving government official looks to take advantage, forcing Aasia to make difficult decisions to overcome her absurd plight. Widow of Silence is a gripping and soulful film with breathtaking visuals of the Kashmir landscape.
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Q&A with 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 other film festivals.