Valley of Saints wins World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance
The film also shared the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize with Robot & Frank directed by Jake Schreier and will split the $20,000 cash award.
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.
Musa Syeed is a filmmaker of Kashmiri origin based in New York. Read his interview here.
At the Sundance Film Festival 2012, The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary went to The House I Live In (USA) directed by Eugene Jarecki while the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic went to Beasts of the Southern Wild (USA) directed by Benh Zeitlin.
The Law in These Parts (Israel) directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz won The World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary and The World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic went to Violeta Went to Heaven (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain) directed by Andrés Wood.
The festival ran from January 19-29,2012.