Silent Waters
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Set in 1979 Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq has imposed martial law and, within a few months, the country is decreed a Muslim state. Aicha, a well-adjusted woman in her forties, devotes her life to the education of her eighteen-year-old son Salim, in the little village of Charkhi, in the Pakistani Pendjab. Salim is a quiet dreamer, but the fast moving political situation fills Aicha with anxiety, since her son is changing out of all recognition.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By the time you understand the meaning of its title, Sabiha Sumar's film has delivered an emotional punch."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The filmmakers provide a well-meaning, well-timed Pakistani portrait."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Puts you in the middle of the action and allows you to understand, if not empathize with, all the main characters."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Swirls amid memory and dreams while reflecting how much is masked by two-faced rhetoric, and how overlooked the victims of patriarchal nationalism and Islamism are."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"An indictment of intolerance, Silent Waters is a truly powerful picture, and of the sort that sneaks up on you and stays with you long after you've left the theatre."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Even behind the veil, the movie tells us, there is dissent -- cinematic dissent."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Although taking place 25 years in the past, director-writer Sabiha Sumar's debut feature has relevance in the world as we now know it."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Leaden and dull."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"As a moviegoing experience, it's a sadly slim proposition."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Gripping and ultimately tragic."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Silent Waters means well, but falls way short of its mark of enlightening the world to the plight of South Asian women in this period of history. It just isn't believable enough."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Sabiha 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."
‑ Joshua Land, Village Voice
"An interesting, if incomplete, picture of a community torn apart by religious zealotry."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"...sporadically intriguing film that's ultimately sunk by director Sabiha Sumar's occasionally simplistic and melodramatic treatment of the material."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A more nuanced approach would have better articulated their allure to impressionable youth."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
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