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Release date: 22 June 2019
Running time: 180 minutes
Widow of Silence, Urdu with English subtitles, India, 2018. 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 breath-taking visuals of the Kashmir landscape. Post screening Q and A with director Praveen Morchhale.
Original title: LIFF 2019: Widow Of Silence + Q&A
Cast: Shilpa Marwaha, Ajay Chourey, Bilal Ahmad
Director: Praveen Morchhale
Age restrictions: 15