India, 1947. Umber Singh, a Sikh, is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing with the coming of independence and partition. He decides to fight fate and build a new home and life for his family. After his wife has two daughters, Umber is overjoyed at the birth of a son, Kanwar. But when Kanwar marries Neeli, a girl of lower caste, both families are forced to confront a painful hidden truth, in this exquisitely wrought tale.
(109mins) | India, The Netherlands
Punjabi, with English subtitles
Born in 1961 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, Anup Singh grew up in a Sikh family of Punjabi origin. His first feature was The Name of the River (2002). He has also directed series for Indian television and consulted for BBC2. Qissa, his most recent film, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.