“Valley of Saints” selected for Sundance Touring Festival 2013
Under the Film Forward label, eight films are chosen every year by the Sundance Institute to travel to four domestic and four international locations. Here the filmmakers of these films participate in screenings, extended Q&As, workshops, and master classes at universities, film and cultural centres, museums, libraries and other community, educational, and cultural venues.
In Valley of Saints, Gulzar plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake leads him to contemplate a different future. The film stars Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Mohammed Afzal Sofi and Neelofar Hamid.
Written and directed by Musa Syeed, the film has been earlier awarded the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at the Sundance Film Festival 2012 and also won the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival 2012. The film was in competition in the Narrative Feature section of the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival 2012 and was screened at the recently concluded Mumbai Film Festival.
The other films selected this year are:
Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography by Stacy Peralta
Chasing Ice by Jeff Orlowski
The Light In Her Eyes by Julia Meltzer & Laura Nix
The Loving Story by Nancy Buirski
Town of Runners by Jerry Rothwell
Under the Same Moon by Patricia Riggen