Directed by: Ekta Mittal
Runtime: 82 minutes
Language: Hindi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, with English subtitles
Rating: PG (Some Disturbing Scenes)
In a faraway village called Birha, missing people, mothers and tired lovers yearn to see beyond the mist. They meet each other in impenetrable silences and endless mourning. They curse the moon for witnessing their insomnias. Birha situates itself in a season of waiting, climate of uncertainty: where only a loud screech can register distance between loved ones.
Birha is the grief, agony and anguish of separation, derived from Punjabi Sufi Poetry. Guided by Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s birha poetry, the film captures the pain, lamentation and yearning caused by separation. The film searches for missing people, who left their homes to work in faraway cities, and have still not returned. The locations are not marked, characters are not named, birha situates itself in a season of waiting and a climate of uncertainty
The Reframe: A Time to Resist programme will run from
9 to 25 April 2021 at Oldham Theatre.
Absence will be available to view on VOD from 12 to 25 April 2021.
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