Director: Atul Gupta & Shabnam Ara | Producer: Delhi Biscope Company Pvt. Ltd.
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: India
A story of missing people, boys and men who were picked up by security forces and then simply disappeared. The location is Kashmir. Sandwiched between India and Pakistan, Kashmir is a battleground for both. Since the men are missing, not declared dead their wives are not widows but 'half widows.' The 'half widows' need extraordinary courage in living. Personally they live with the memories of their love. They have to suddenly switch from being the woman in the veil at home to a bread-earner. Face society who treats them as unattached property as it treats most single woman in India. And all this in a war zone where anybody could get picked up or shot by an Indian security person or by any one of the militants roaming in the valley. The women and children tell their own stories. Their dreams, fears, aspirations and the hardships. Their faces reflect their tension. As the years have gone by, many have learnt to live with their hopes while others are still caught in conflicts with their in-laws, the state, religion and day to day livelihood. Their psychiatric problems add to the statistic that Kashmir has the highest number of psychotic patients in the world. These women are true survivors of a cruel period in the history of this 'paradise on earth'.
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