Reading Between the Lines – Session 3: Silent Waters

Jameel Arts Centre in collaboration with the Ishara Art Foundation presents a three-part workshop comprising of reading circles, a public talk and a film-screening as a companion to the exhibition ‘Proposals for a Memorial for Partition’. Reading Between the Lines revisits the history of South Asia’s Partition through narratives that complicate the idea of political and cartographic borders by attending to stories of internal social partitions around gender, caste and language.

The sessions are conducted in English and each session requires pre-registration separately (limited seats, on first come first served basis).

To register or learn more about the other sessions of Reading Between the Lines and programming in conjunction with the exhibition Proposal for a Memorial to Partition, please visit the links below.

Reading Between the Lines: Session 1

Reading Between the Lines: Session 2

Public Talk: Urvashi Butalia

The third session is a screening of the film Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) by Sabiha Sumar. 

Khamosh Pani is the story of Ayesha, a seemingly well-adjusted middle-aged woman in the village of Charkhi, in Pakistani Punjab. The film is set in 1979, while Pakistan is under President General Zia-ul-Haq’s martial law.

This session takes place in Ishara Art Foundation. The screening is followed by a discussion moderated by Sabih Ahmed.

Pre-registration is mandatory as there are limited seats only. Participants must be over the age of 18.

Registration for this event is now closed.


About the Filmmaker

Sabiha Sumar is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and a Sundance alumnus. As writer, director and producer she has made narrative features as well as documentaries. Her most notable films are Who Will Cast the First Stone, Silent Waters, Dinner with the President and Azmaish, a journey through the subcontinent. She produced the Academy Award and Emmy winner Saving Face. 

Her works have screened at major film festivals such as Sundance, Tiff, MoMA, Locarno and BFI LFF. A large part of Sabiha’s films have been commissioned by ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Arte and 3Sat as well as by BBC Films, Channel 4, PBS and HBO. Silent Waters won 17 international awards worldwide including the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival.