Silent Waters

Silent Waters

Director: Sabiha Sumar

Cast: Kirron Kher, Aamir Malik, Arshad Mahmud

     
 
Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar directs the political drama Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters). Set in a small Pakistani village in 1979, the film follows widowed family matriarch Ayesha (Kirron Kher) as she struggles under the martial law that declares her country a Muslim state. Her teenage son Saleem (Aamir Malik) is encouraged by his wealthy girlfriend

Overview

Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar directs the political drama Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters). Set in a small Pakistani village in 1979, the film follows widowed family matriarch Ayesha (Kirron Kher) as she struggles under the martial law that declares her country a Muslim state. Her teenage son Saleem (Aamir Malik) is encouraged by his wealthy girlfriend Zubeida (Shilpa Shukla) to get a job. However, he ends up hanging out with a bunch of Muslim fundamentalists and causing trouble for the Sikh pilgrims. Meanwhile, Ayesha remembers secrets from her past awakened by the arrival of the Sikh pilgrim Jaswant (Navtej Johar). Silent Waters won the Golden Leopard award at the 2003 Locarno International Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Sabiha Sumar's Silent Waters is an affecting drama, and the timeliness of its heartfelt dissection of the destructiveness of religious extremism helps ameliorate some minor dramatic flaws. In presenting Saleem (Aamir Malik) as petulant and feckless before his religious transformation, the film fails to achieve the moral complexity of Tareque Masud's thematically similar The Clay Bird, which is about the Bangladeshi revolution. By portraying the Islamic fundamentalists and their followers as joyless, scary bullies, the film veers toward the pedantic. Masud was able to portray the societal trauma created by such movements while retaining a sense that the people involved were still complex human beings with their own personal struggles. At least Silent Waters achieves some balance by portraying destructive religious extremism among the Sikhs just as disdainfully. Thanks in no small part to Kiron Kher's wonderfully soulful performance (for which she shared the Bronze Leopard for Best Actress at the 2003 Locarno Film Festival), the film achieves its greatest power as it explores the conflicts faced by a woman torn between two worlds, both of which seem bent on denying her very humanity. As the film's tone shifts from the relative calm and occasional joy of the village before General Zia's rise to power to the fear and repression that spreads after, it presents an engaging and informative depiction of Pakistan's tumultuous history from an intimate perspective. Despite its weaknesses, Silent Waters, which was shown at New Directors/New Films in 2003, is an important and moving film.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
UPC:
0720229911740
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
68,736

Special Features

Q & A with human rights expert Smita Narula; Film notes by Human Rights Watch; Director's statement; Director's biography; Trailer gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirron Kher Ayesha
Aamir Malik Saleem
Arshad Mahmud Mahboob
Salman Shahid Amin
Shilpa Shukla Zubeida
Sarfaraz Ansari Rashid
Shazim Ashraf Zubair
Navtej Johar Jaswant
Fariha Jabeen Shabnam
Adnan Shah Mazhar
Rehan Sheikh Afsaan

Technical Credits
Sabiha Sumar Director,Screenwriter
Helge Albers Producer
Philippe Avril Producer
Bettina Boehler Editor
Uve Haussig Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Herzog Art Director
Iqbal Mobashir Kidwai Asst. Director
Matthias Lempert Sound/Sound Designer
Arshad Mahmud Score Composer
Olivier Meidinger Production Designer
Ralph Netzer Cinematographer
Julia Rose Asst. Director
Julia Rose Asst. Director
Sachithanandam Sathananthan Producer
Heike Schultz-Fademrecht Costumes/Costume Designer
Madan Gopal Singh Score Composer
Claudia Tronnier Producer
Paromita Vohra Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Silent Waters
1. The World Is Waiting [9:52]
2. To Be Young Again [7:02]
3. The Future Is Bright [5:56]
4. Men in Power [9:44]
5. Respected People [7:42]
6. Finding a Direction [8:21]
7. A Matter of Practice [8:59]
8. The Nightmare of Reality [8:51]
9. A Family Divided [9:03]
10. The Boiling Point [8:35]
11. Letting Go of Pain [6:59]
12. Credits [4:03]

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