At the center of the plot is the idyllic Dal Lake where Gulzar, a young boatman, lives in a simple stilt house. To escape poverty and war he decides to go to Delhi with his best friend. However, this plan is suddenly thwarted when a Kashmir-wide curfew is enforced. Furthermore, Gulzar meets the pretty scientist Asifa and helps her to take water samples from the lake for an environmental study. When he becomes aware of the extent of environmental pollution and falls in love with Asifa his life is turned upside down. What should he choose? An advanced way of life in the glamorous big city or his home town? The lake is threatened with a slow demise but if he stays, Gulzar could help to save it and thus conserve the traditional life on its banks.
Director Musa Syeed creates an extraordinary, multi-layered portrait of his home country against a backdrop of global, ecological and political upheaval. The impressive “Valley of Saints” not only features a carefully told story but also enchanting lighting and expansive camera work which allow the audience members to really immerse themselves in the faraway, almost forgotten province of Kashmir.
Distributor Kairos Filmverleih’s “Valley of Saints” is being shown at Filmfest Hamburg in the section “Drei Farben Grün” (Three Colors Green). The opening event begins at 7:30 pm at CinemaxX Dammtor. The after-show and official opening party for Filmfest Hamburg will take place at the Grand Elysee Hotel on Rothenbaumchaussee. This event is being supported by our media partner NDR, SKODA and the Grand Elysee.