"You can’t allow yourself to think for yourself”, Aasia's colleague tells her. Aasia works as a nurse in a hospital in Kashmir to maintain herself, her 11-year-old daughter and her sick mother-in-law. She is a 'half widow': her husband, like many men in this Indian region, was arrested and never returned. Alongside her work and caring for her family, Aasia spends a lot of time trying to obtain a death certificate for her husband; a bleak game that she has been playing for seven years with a calculating civil servant.

This calm film, drenched in warm colours, in which the taxidriver provides a poetic note, makes it clear just how painful the political and social situation in Kashmir is. Attacks, sexual violence, humiliation and corruption are everyday phenomena. The protagonist is played by Shilpi Marwaha, but apart from that, Praveen Morchhale, who financed the film herself, makes use of non-professional local actors.

Screenings

  • Tue 29 Jan Cinerama 7
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  • Tue 29 Jan Pathé 5
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  • Wed 30 Jan Cinerama 5
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  • Fri 1 Feb LantarenVenster 5
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  • Sat 2 Feb LantarenVenster 3
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Filmmaker
Praveen Morchhale
Premiere
European premiere
Country
India
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
Urdu
Producer
Praveen Morchhale
Production Company
Barefoot Pictures
Sales
Oration Films
Writer
Praveen Morchhale
Cinematography
Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
Editor
Anthony Joseph
Production Design
Nikita Shah
Sound Design
Sanal George
Cast
Shilpi Marwaha, Noorjahan, Zaba Banoo, Ajay Chourey, Bilal Ahmad, Habibulla, Ashan Bismil