WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Sundance award-winning feature "Valley of Saints," along with its director Musa Syeed, come to Images Cinema on Friday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. The film event, organized by the Muslim Student Association of Williams College, will be introduced by Syeed, and followed by a Q&A with the director.
"Valley of Saints" won an Audience Award and an Alfred P. Sloane Feature Film Award at Sundance, and is up for an Independent Spirit Award for Cinematography. It’s also the first film shot in the endangered lake communities of Kashmir.
The event is sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, the Chaplains’ Office, the Davis Center, the South Asian Student Association and the Black Student Union.
"Valley of Saints," starring Mohammed Afzal, Gulzar Ahmed Bhat and Neelofar Hamid, tells the story of Gulzar, a young tourist boatman, as war and poverty force him to run away from Kashmir with his best friend. But a military crackdown derails their escape, and they become trapped in Gulzar’s lake village. Waiting for conditions to change, they discover a mysterious woman, braving the curfew to research the dying lake. As Gulzar falls for her, rivalry and jealousy threaten his boyhood friendship and their plans of escape. Gulzar must choose between a new life and a new love. The first film set in the endangered lake communities of Kashmir, Valley of Saints blends fiction and documentary to bring audiences inside this unique world.
The film is not rated. Admission is free. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St. For info: imagescinema.org.