After 15 years in prison, for committing a murder to save his father’s honour, Modan returns to his village in Punjab. In his absence, the village’s power structure has shifted towards a landowner, to the detriment of his family. Worse still: his brother is the landowner’s lapdog. Here, Modan tries to restart his life. He repairs the family home, cares for his elderly mother, and finds love with a widow who has a young child. Yet, the past continues to affect this new life, and violence seems like the only a solution.
Based on Gurdial Singh’s eponymous Crescent Night, this is the third part in Gurvinder Singh’s trilogy about patriarchal, hierarchic life in rural Punjab – after Alms for the Blind Horse (IFFR 2012) and The Fourth Direction (IFFR 2016).