This compelling human drama is situated in Srinagar, at the Dal Lake in conflict-ridden Kashmir. The young boatman Gulzar (played by a real boatman) tries to escape the violence in Kashmir, but is caught because of a military curfew and must return to the lake.
Plotting his next attempt at leaving, Gulzar and his friend Afzal meet a young woman scientist (played by a local TV actress) who is investigating the extreme pollution in the lake, on which the community depends. In their reaction to the violence and environmental degradation they find a common ground. They become close and develop a relationship.
Focusing respectively on the human aspect, the love story, the environment and the ordeal of the Kashmiri people, who have been living for decades in a politically turbulent zone, this lyrical film successfully and excitingly merges documentary and fiction.

Filmmaker
Musa Syeed
Premiere
International première
Country
India, USA
Year
2011
Medium
DCP
Length
82’
Language
Kashmiri, English
Producer
Nicholas Bruckman
Production Company
Peerwar Pictures
Sales
Peerwar Pictures
Writer
Musa Syeed
Cinematography
Yoni Brook
Editor
Musa Syeed, Mary Manhardt, Ray Hubley
Production Design
Altaf Mehraj
Sound Design
Michael Feuser, Andrea Bella, Jamal Rehman
Music
Mubashir Mohi-ud-Din
Cast
Gulzar Ahmad Butt, Mohammed Afzal Sofi
Website
http://valleyofsaints.com