Director Praveen Morchhale’s WIDOW OF SILENCE took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature at the 17th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Widow of Silence
NAME OF FILM: WIDOW OF SILENCE
DIRECTOR(S): Praveen Morchhale
STARRING: Shilpi Marwaha, Ajay Chourey, Bilal Ahmad, Noorjahan
GENRE: Drama Film
SYNOPSIS: In the first shot of WIDOW OF SILENCE a beautifully-lit elderly woman is gently tied to a chair by someone offscreen. Not only does this image of paralysis act as a metaphor for the status of women in Kashmir, it foreshadows the entanglement that faces the heroine, Aasia — a situation she attempts to liberate herself from at great cost. Aasia is a half-widow; her husband was taken by Indian police seven years ago and is presumed dead. However, without a death certificate she can neither remarry nor settle her dire financial situation. A corrupt government clerk offers her the documents she needs, in return for agreement to sell her small plot of land to a buyer of his choosing, plus a commission, and sex.
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