VALLEY OF SAINTS

Winner Austin Latino Film Festival

War and poverty force Gulzar, a young tourist boatman at Dal Lake, to run away from Kashmir with his best friend. But a military crackdown derails their escape, and they become trapped in Gulzar’s lake village. Waiting for conditions to change, they discover a mysterious woman, Asifa, a scientist braving the curfew to research pollution levels in the lake. As Gulzar falls for her, rivalry and jealousy threaten his boyhood friendship and their plans of escape. Gulzar must choose between a new life and a new love. The first film set in the endangered lake communities of Kashmir, Valley of Saints blends fiction and documentary to bring audiences inside this unique world.

REVIEWS

Serena Donadoni, Village Voice, Critic's Pick:

Valley of Saints… is a marvel of neorealism… a lovely, tender debut.

Omer Mozaffar, RogerEbert.com

This is an amazing film.

Ayan Meer, Tehelka

Valley of Saints is a work of sheer beauty.