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    Reader comments on Silent Waters

    Subject: silent waters speak volumes
    Date: Apr 6, 2005
    Sender: umaPrevious | Next

    I just saw Silent Waters this evening. The film left a harsh, metallic taste in my mouth, and a dark heaviness crushing my heart. I do not know if this story was one person's truth, but I can easily imagine that it has been MANY people's truth, since the dawn of religion.

    For me the larger truth of this film comes when the character Zubeida defends herself to the impressionable and unreasonable Saleem: "I love my God but am still capable of thinking" or something to that effect.

    The film also makes a strong point in how women were (and still are) controlled by men. Men's religions, men's laws, men's wars, men's gods. Would a compassionate, wise, all-knowing God create men (and women) to be blind followers, incapable of thinking and feeling their way to what is right?

    It seems to me if all of these religions would stop trying to compete for who's the most "right", we could really get somewhere to solving conflict between them. I believe everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but when your beliefs become my laws, then we have a problem. Religion has been nothing more than a tool for control for centuries. I wonder if we will ever evolve to a truly more enlightened relationship with God/Goddess? Probably not. The churches, mosques, synagogues, temples etc would be out of business, ergo, powerless, and ultimatly that's what it's all about.

    I am an American, and though this film is not about me, or my country, there are parallels that can easily be drawn between what happened to Pakistan via fundamentalism, and what is happening in my own country right now with the arch conservative, Right-Wing political groups taking power. True, I live in a liberal urban area where I am fortunate enough to have access to films like this. Unfortunately, it's something the entire middle of my country could really benefit from seeing. That is, unless they have been too far brainwashed by their brand of religion to see clearly, the sad, terrible truth of this film: Silent waters speak volumes.

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    Comment index:

  • [no subject]   from Sheraz, Jun 8, 2004
  • untitled   from Adeel Manjj, Nov 24, 2004
  • fantastic   from arshad, Nov 25, 2004
  • Khamosh Paani   from shakamirpuri, Nov 25, 2004
  • [no subject]   from Roonbi, Jan 1, 2005
  • » silent waters speak volumes «   from uma, Apr 6, 2005
  • Khamoosh Pani   from Annie, Oct 12, 2005
  • Re: silent waters speak volumes   from Haque, Jan 30, 2006
  • Re: silent waters speak volumes   from Rohit Sharma, Mar 16, 2006
  • Brilliant   from Yeshi Seli, Aug 9, 2005
  • brilliant performance!!   from anjali, Nov 5, 2005
  • burden   from aina qazi, May 2, 2007
  • [no subject]   from Sheraz, Jun 8, 2004
  • untitled   from Adeel Manjj, Nov 24, 2004
  • fantastic   from arshad, Nov 25, 2004
  • Khamosh Paani   from shakamirpuri, Nov 25, 2004
  • [no subject]   from Roonbi, Jan 1, 2005
  • » silent waters speak volumes «   from uma, Apr 6, 2005
  • Khamoosh Pani   from Annie, Oct 12, 2005
  • Re: silent waters speak volumes   from Haque, Jan 30, 2006
  • Re: silent waters speak volumes   from Rohit Sharma, Mar 16, 2006
  • Brilliant   from Yeshi Seli, Aug 9, 2005
  • brilliant performance!!   from anjali, Nov 5, 2005
  • burden   from aina qazi, May 2, 2007