Valley of Saints (2012)

Set on Dal Lake in Kashmir, VALLEY OF SAINTS tells the story of Gulzar, a young man who earns his living ferrying tourists around the lake but who himself has never left his remote village. When he makes plans to flee to the big city, a sudden curfew suspends all travel and he is trapped, literally as well as figuratively, at the lake. When a beautiful young scientist, Asifa, arrives to study the creeping effects of pollution on the local waters, she hires Gulzar to transport her. Seeing his world through the eyes of an outsider for the first time, his vision of himself, his community, and their respective prospects for the future, is forever transformed.

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Domestic Distributor: 108 Media/Paladin
International Sales Company: 108 Media
Awards:
  • Audience Award, World Cinema: Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
  • Alfred P. Sloan Prize, Sundance Film Festival
  • Best Feature, Ashland Independent Film Festival
  • Best Feature & Outstanding Director, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, Mumbai International Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, Dubai International Film Festival
  • Crystal Heart Award Winner, Heartland Film Festival
  • Cinema en Un Ambiento Diverso Prize, Milan Film Festival

Festivals:
  • Sundance Film Festival (2012)
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam (2012)
  • Ashland Independent Film Festival (2012)
  • San Francisco International Film Festival (2012)
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (2012)
  • Seattle International Film Festival (2012)
  • Sydney Film Festival (2012)
  • Durban International Film Festival (2012)
  • Hamburg Film Festival (2012)
  • Hawaii International Film Festival (2012)
  • Vancouver International Film Festival (2012)
  • Busan International Film Festival (2012)
  • Heartland Film Festival (2012)
  • Chicago International Film Festival (2012)
  • Sofia Indepedent Film Festival (2012)
  • Mumbai International Film Festival (2012)
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (2012)
  • Milan International Film Festival (2012)
  • Dubai International Film Festival (2012)