Valley of Saints
Valley of Saints
India, 2012, 82 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: USA
Topics: Asian, Environment, Romance
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: English, Kashmari English Sub-Titles
Awards: Winner: Alfred P. Sloan Award and Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival
Gulzar works as a boatman on the beautiful Dal Lake, paddling tourists to see some of the most spectacular landscapes of the Himalayas. Living with his uncle in a leaky shack and barely able to make ends meet, he plans to run off to Delhi with his best friend Afzal.
A military crackdown derails their escape. Waiting for conditions to change, Gulzar is asked to escort a mysterious woman who is studying the impact of pollution on the lake. Gulzar starts to see how trash and sewage are a threat to the delicate ecosystem and learns simple methods to help alleviate the problem.
But as Gulzar falls for Asifa, jealousy threatens his boyhood friendship with Afzal and he must make choices that had not occurred to him before. Poetic and romantic, this first film set in the endangered communities of Kashmir’s Valley of Saints blends fiction and documentary to bring audiences inside this unique world.
Winner: Alfred P. Sloan Award and Audience Award (World Cinema: Dramatic) Sundance Film Festival
Producer Nicholas Bruckman expected to attend the January 8 screening
DIRECTOR: Musa Syeed
Producer: Nicholas Bruckman
Editor: Mary Manhardt, Ray Hubley, Musa Syeed
Screenwriter: Musa Syeed
Cinematographer: Yoni Brook
Music: Mubashir Mohi-ud-Din
Principal Cast: Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Mohammed Afzal Sofi, Neelofar Hamid
Filmography: The Calling (2010)
Print Source: The Film Collaborative - www.thefilmcollaborative.org
Official Film Website