Join SFGFF for the closing night of the SF International South Asian Film Festival, Sept 19-23, 2012. This year’s festival brings over 20 films from 9 different countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Canada, South Africa, UK and USA.
VALLEY OF SAINTS
Musa Syeed, USA/Kashmir, 2012, 82 mins
Lyrical romance and lush cinematography intermingle in this neorealist feature debut that was a major award winner at the Sundance Film Festival. The breathtaking Dal Lake in Kashmir is a sprawling aquatic community where erupting political violence often distracts from natural beauty. Gulzar, a young, working-class boatman, navigates the floating landscape and dreams of a better life. When he takes on a job assisting a Kashmiri-American scientist to collect water samples for her environmental study, everything in his own life begins to take on a new hue. Syeed intricately weaves together contemporary ecological issues with traditional culture, and deftly captures the unlikely romance that blossoms between the boatman and the scientist. The standout soundtrack for the film features music by Kashmiri-American band Zerobridge.
Awards: World Cinema Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival