Silent Waters
Silent Waters

Silent Waters

A film by Sabiha Sumar

Ayesha is a seemingly well-adjusted middle-aged woman whose life centers around her son Saleem - a gentle, dreamy 18 year old, in love with Zubeida. They live in the village of Charkhi, in Pakistani Punjab. Ayesha's husband is dead and she manages a living from his pension and by giving Quran lessons to young girls.
The story begins in 1979, in a Pakistan under President General Zia-ul-Haq's martial law. In a few months the country will become a state ruled by Islamic law.
Saleem becomes intensely involved with a group of Islamic fundamentalists and leaves Zubeida. Ayesha is saddened to see her son change radically.
Events escalate when Sikh pilgrims from India pour into the village. Later, a pilgrim looks for his sister Veero who was abducted in 1947. This awakens heart-rending memories…

With Kirron Kher, Aamir Malik, Arshad Mahmud, Salman Shahid,
Leopard D’or, Festival De Locarno
2003
Best Actress, Festival De Locarno
2003
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FESTIVAL
2003
Œcumenical Prize
Festival De Locarno
2003
Montgolfière D’argent
Festival Des 3 Continents De Nantes
2003
Prix Fip
Festival Des 3 Continents De Nantes
2003
Prix Du Public
Festival Des 3 Continents De Nantes
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— director
Sabiha Sumar
— cast
Kirron Kher, Aamir Malik, Arshad Mahmud, Salman Shahid,
— producers
Vidhi Films, Unlimited, Flying Moon, Arte, ZDF
— duration
1h39
— production year
2004
— release date france
February 25, 2004
— nationality
French – Pakistan – Germany
— screenplay
Sabiha Sumar, Paromita Vohra
— french distributor
Les Films du Losange
— international sales
Les Films du Losange
— coproducers
Eurimages (Conseil de l’Europe) • Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg (Allemagne) • Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg [MFG] (Allemagne) • Fonds Sud Cinéma (Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - CNC, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères – France) • Fondazione Montecinemaverità, Ascona (Suisse) – Direction de la Coopération du Département Fédéral des Affaires Étrangères (Berne - Suisse) • Göteborg Film Festival Film Fund (Suède) • Communauté urbaine de Strasbourg (France) • ABP / EZEF - Evangelischer Zentrum für Entwicklungsbezogene Filmarbeit (Allemagne) • Hubert Bals Fund (Pays Bas) • The Royal Netherland Embassy, Islamabad • Région Alsace (France) • Centre for Social Science Research, Karachi (Pakistan)
— with the participation of
YLE/TV1 Co-Productions (Finlande), SBS Television (Australie), Frenetic Films (Suisse)
— format
1.85
— length
2726 m
— sound format
Dolby SR
— cinematographer
Ralph Netzer
— sound
Uve Haussig
— editing
Bettina Böhler
— music
Arjun Sen, Madan Gopal Singh, Arshad Mahmud
— costume designer
Heike Schultz-Fademrecht
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