Director: Sabiha Sumar
Under the 1977-1988 regime of Pakistan's President, General Zia-ul-Haq, the country is undergoing an upswing in Islamic devotion. A middle-aged widow, Ayesha (Tribute honoree Kirron Kher), lives in a remote village with her teenaged son, Saleem. Having survived the partition of India, when women were under threat from all sides, Ayesha now suffers from the torment of watching her son fall under the influence of Muslim fundamentalists.
Against a background of increasing intolerance, a group of Sikhs arrives in the village on a pilgrimage, a development that forces unbearable secrets about Ayesha's past to surface.
Khamosh Pani is the feature film debut of Pakistani documentary filmmaker Sabiha Sumar. The film won the top Golden Leopard prize at the 2003 Locarno International Film Festival, where Kirron Kher won the award for best actress.
Urdu/Punjabi (English subtitles)