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Silent Waters
A film by Sabiha Sumar

99 minutes, color, 2003
In Urdu & Punjabi with English subtitles

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Silent Waters (original title: "Khamosh Pani") is set in 1979 in Pakistan, when General Zia-ul-Haq took control of the country and stoked the fires of Islamic nationalism. Ayesha, a Muslim woman who gets by on her late husband's pension and by teaching young girls the Koran, invests her hopes in her beloved son Saleem. But when Saleem takes up with a group of Islamic fundamentalists just as a group of Sikh pilgrims come to town, Ayesha's haunted past turns her present life upside down.


"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...packs a wallop." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

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