At the Stairs
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At the Stairs

29 mins
8.2 / 10 (39)


According to Hindu tradition, when a husband dies, the wife breaks her bangles and exchanges her colourful sari for a white one. Many of them end up in Banares, the city of widows and Radha followers.

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Do women have an identity beyond the men in their lives? The answer is not simply ‘yes’ in this part of the world where Hindu widows are forced to live a life of abstinence for the sake of tradition. Quietly capturing their loneliness and grief, this documentary deftly plays on the power of silence.

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