ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel: Qissa – Eine Geistergeschichte

Feature Film | DE, FR, IN, NL 2013 | 109' | German

Punjab, Pakistan, 1947: Umber Singh, a Sikh, and his family lose everything in the partition of India, and are forced to leave their homeland. Four years later, the family has recovered economically, and Umber Singh – already a father of three daughters – is looking to finally have a son as his heir. When his fourth daughter is born, he refuses to accept that reality. He names her Kanwar, »young prince,« and raises her as a boy. When Umber arranges the marriage between his »fake« son and Neeli, a girl from a lower caste, the entire family must face the truth about their own identities. The situation escalates. A deeply touching, unusual story told in a quiet and slow-paced, but emotionally stirring way, QISSA has won multiple awards. Following the screening: Q & A about »International Co-Productions« with Claudia Tronnier, Editor-in-Chief, ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel, and Johannes Rexin, Producer, Heimatfilm.

Anup Singh
Anup Singh und Madhuja Mukherjee
Johannes Rexin, Bettina Brokemper
Nina Lath Gupta, Bero Beyer, Thierry Lenouvel
Sebastian Edschmid
Production Design
Tim Pannen
Peter Flamman
Bernd Euscher
Commissioning Editors:
Claudia Tronnier (ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel), Doris Hepp (ZDF/Arte)
Divya und Nidhi Gamhir
Principal Cast
Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome

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