ABSENCE

BIRHA

By Ekta MITTAL

MARAA - as FEST

Social issues - Completed 2018


Birha is the grief, agony and anguish of separation, derived from Punjabi Sufi Poetry. Guided by Birha poetry, the film captures the pain and lamentation caused by the pangs of separation.

Festivals
& Awards

1 2018
Busan International Documentary Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Vision
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Art - Culture, Documentary
    • Countries
    • INDIA
    • Languages
    • HINDI
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ekta MITTAL
    • Synopsis
    • 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 have not returned. The locations are not marked, characters are not named, birha situates itself in a season of waiting and a climate of uncertainty.