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Jun 13, 2020

WIDOW OF SILENCE, a powerful drama based on many true stories in conflict-ridden Kashmir, opens via virtual cinema on July 10


When a Kashmiri woman attempts to get her missing husband's death certificate issued, a bureaucratic nightmare tangles her family's future and her own existence in “WIDOW OF SILENCE,” the third film from Director Praveen Morchhale (Barefoot to Goa, Walking with the Wind), winner of a 2018 UNESCO -Gandhi Medal and a National Film Award of India.
 
Aasia's husband disappeared seven years ago, taken away in the 30-year long Kashmir conflict.

This situation has made her a "half-widow" — the name given to the many women who've lost husbands, though they've not been declared dead.

Needing the death certificate to gain title to the family's land and thus ensure that she can look after her aging mother-in-law and her 11-year old daughter, she's decided to ask for the issuance of his death certificate.

Confronted by the local corrupt Registrar, who creates an unending bureaucratic nightmare, she will need unthinkable strength to overcome a situation that grows stranger and more distressing by the day.
 
Portraying the pain, struggle, suffering, resilience and the indomitable spirit of Kashmiri Half-widows and their children, “WIDOW OF SILENCE” opens a window into the isolated lives of these women, who face harassment, sexual exploitation and humiliation.

Remaining true to reality, Morchhale's powerful drama puts the spotlight on the plight of those forced to contend with a history and culture that do not include them.      
 
An audience favorite at dozens of fests around the globe, “WIDOW OF SILENCE” garnered both awards — including "Best Indian Film" at the Kolkata International Film Festival — and critical acclaim.
"You don't need a tormenting rattling of machine guns to tell about terrors of war. You don't need buckets of blood to depict violence," Joanna Konczak, of Asian Movie Pulse, said. "Praveen Morchhale understands that perfectly...With a subtle calmness of his previous works he brings into focus the fate of the most vulnerable and helpless victims of conflict zones around the world: woman and children. And Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter says that Delhi film and theater actress Shilpi Marwaha broke through stereotypes with her "luminous" half-widow and brings the film "to angry life with a wonderfully detailed performance."
WIDOW OF SILENCE
Premiering Virtually In Select Theaters Beginning July 10

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