Director: Nandita Das (India)
She was born Mumbai, India, and holds a B.A. in geography from the University of Delhi’s Miranda House and an M.A. in social work from the University of Delhi's School of Social Work. She is a prominent actress who has appeared in about 40 films. Won a number of Best Actress awards, including ones of Cairo and Santa Monica film festivals. In 2005, she served as a Jury member at the Cannes Film Festival. Firaaq is her feature writing and directing debut.
It is the story of lives of people after the 2002 sectarian violence in Gujarat. Aarti is a housewife silently haunted by the sight of Muslim women begging for sanctuary in her house, that she ignored. Her only hope for salvation comes when she takes in an orphaned Muslim boy as a servant, pretending to her family he is Hindu. Khan Saheb is a great Muslim musician who lives in a Hindu suburb, refusing to comprehend the fractured world around him. Muneera has hidden with friends during the riots but returns to find her home gutted. Middle class Sameer, married to a Hindu wife, is torn between fleeing town or staying and being recognized as a Muslim.