Silent Waters
Silent Waters (2004)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 8, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Set in the late 1970s, Silent Waters is a well-meaning but plodding look at the rise of extremism in Pakistan.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

By the time you understand the meaning of its title, Sabiha Sumar's film has delivered an emotional punch.

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John Anderson

The filmmakers provide a well-meaning, well-timed Pakistani portrait.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Puts you in the middle of the action and allows you to understand, if not empathize with, all the main characters.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Even behind the veil, the movie tells us, there is dissent -- cinematic dissent.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Leaden and dull.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

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.

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Joshua Land
Village Voice

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.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

An interesting, if incomplete, picture of a community torn apart by religious zealotry.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Beautiful film that deals with the remnants of the issues of partition. Family secrets are unveiled when Sikh pilgrams arrive in Pakistan and the eldest son… More
Dannielle Albert
Emotionally gripping. I felt connections with both the Pakistani Muslims and the Hindi Sikhs during this Islamic movement.