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Silent Waters(Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters)

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Pakistan, France, Germany · 2003
1h 39m
Director Sabiha Sumar
Starring Kirron Kher, Aamir Ali Malik, Arshad Mahmood, Salman Shahid
Genre Drama, Music

Ayesha is a widow with a secret past, living with her beloved son Saleem in a small town in Pakistan close to the Indian border. When the fires of Islamic nationalism invade their tranquil lives, Saleem and a few of the town's other young men are soon gripped by a religious fervour, and they attempt to bring radical Islamic law to their friends and neighbours.

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Village Voice by

Sumar's debut feature could scarcely be more relevant to Pakistan's present, or, given this country's history of backing such repressive regimes, to ours.


Variety by Derek Elley

Worthy intentions are drowned by schematic scripting and only OK direction in Silent Waters, an achingly PC drama on how Islamic fundamentalism wrecks families and oppresses women.


The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

The provocative issues of Silent Waters are unfortunately undercut by schematic plotting and one-dimensional characterizations, but the forcefulness of its message makes it a rewarding cinematic experience.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

It highlights a still shadowy moment in the creation of Pakistan that saw the abduction of nearly 100,000 Sikh and Muslim women in both India and Pakistan.

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