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Silent Waters (2003)
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1979. A village in Pakistan. A widow sees her 17 years old son being attracted to Islamist militants. It brings her past back...

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Set in 1979 Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq has imposed martial law and, within a few months, the country is decreed a Muslim state. Aicha, a well-adjusted woman in her forties, devotes her life to the education of her eighteen-year-old son Salim, in the little village of Charkhi, in the Pakistani Penjab. Salim is a quiet dreamer, but the fast moving political situation fills Aicha with anxiety, since her son is changing out of all recognition. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Awakening a Sleeping Giant
23 December 2003 | by (pakistan) – See all my reviews

'Silent Waters'is consciously designed to be an issue-based movie. The subject seemed to follow a certain pattern in which women took the center stage in the narrative. Though, there were parallel tracks as well, but it was a perception developed out of simple observation, and not because there was any particular ideology to propound.

The film is based on actual events that took place when the Indian sub-continent was partitioned in 1947 into two new states - India and Pakistan. It was a time of intense violence. In pre-partition Punjab, Muslims and Sikhs had lived side-by-side, but during the partition men from both sides of the religious divide slaughtered each other. Each looted the other's property, which included their respective women: little distinction was made between robbing cattle and abducting women. Muslim men abducted Sikh women while Sikh men abducted Muslim women. The women were raped, bought, sold and, sometimes, murdered; some ended up marrying their abductors.

This film has a definite Punjabi feel, set on the borders of Pakistan in 1979 - the year that president Zia Ul-Haq introduced Islamic laws into what was meant to be a secular country.

Silent Waters is chillingly humane drama that will stay with you for a long time.






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