These Silences Are All the Words

  • 15'
  • Pakistan
  • 2018
Madiha Aijaz’s observational documentary on public libraries in Karachi, Pakistan, provides an entry point into present-day Karachi, where irredeemable changes feel imminent. While the libraries become a bastion for the literary tradition of Urdu, their frequent visitors lament the increasing dominance of English – a residual reminder of colonialism, partition and the ‘globalising’ present. Wrapped in quiet solitude, seated readers are shown hiding away from the hustle and bustle of urban life that can be seen outside.
Director
Madiha Aijaz
Premiere
World premiere (festival)
Country of production
Pakistan
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
15'
Medium
DCP
Language
Urdu
Producer
Madiha Aijaz
Sales
Liverpool Biennial
Cinematography
Madiha Aijaz
Editor
Mohammed Ali Hakeem
Sound Design
Mohammed Ali Hakeem