Half-widows 

a short film by Sorrystory submitted on 01/08/2007 (children/family, crime, documentary)

This is a story of missing people, boys and men who were picked up by security forces and then simply disappeared...

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Synopsis

This is 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. Being a relative of a 'disappeared' person means above all emptiness; emptiness in the heart, emptiness in the home, in your day-to-day life. It means remembering every day. It also means being a person isolated from society, in a special category, because for most people 'disappearance' does not exist... But life must go on -not only for oneself but for the children while some are still caught in conflicts with their in-laws, the State, religion and day-to-day livelihood. The disappeared person is a type of living-dead, because it's someone who is dead because you can say, 'he can't be alive', but on the other hand it doesn't give you the certainty that he is dead. He wasn't dead. He wasn't buried.

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