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Valley of Saints
 
Feature
82 minutes
2012
Director(s): Musa Syeed
USA, India
Thu 9:00pm Varsity 1
Fri 6:00pm Varsity 1 RUSH
Sat 12:00pm Varsity 1 RUSH
Mon 6:00pm Varsity 1 RUSH
Synopsis

Shot in Kashmir, an Indian state often in the throes of rebellion, this is a lyrical, vibrant film about a poor, young boatman, Gulzar, and his best friend, who plan to escape the perils of their city.  Thwarted by a week-long curfew, they take on the job of guiding a beautiful environmentalist, Asifa, as she goes about her research on the pollution of the once beautiful and thriving Dal Lake.  As the week goes on, Gulzar learns about the environmental threats to his beloved surroundings and develops an unlikely relationship with Asifa. With the curfew ending, he is torn between fleeing to a new life or rebuilding his homeland with a new love.

Stunning cinematography captures the wonder of this region.  Offering a rare look into Kashmir’s contemporary concerns in counterpoint to its traditions and myths, it is a film about the value of home in a changing world. [subtitles]

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Mon 09:30am Varsity 1
Mon 12:00pm Varsity 1 RUSH
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3 RUSH
Mon 6:00pm Varsity 1 RUSH
Mon 9:00pm Varsity 1
Synopsis
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Documentary
8 minutes
2011
Director(s): Bari Pearlman
USA
Thu 9:00pm Varsity 1
Fri 6:00pm Varsity 1 RUSH
Sat 12:00pm Varsity 1 RUSH
Synopsis

In a land where water-gathering is a woman’s job, a Tibetan farmwoman patiently, gracefully and painstakingly collects water, 80 pounds at a time, on her family's yak farm. We are witness to this timeless ritual, repeated throughout the day every day—offering a meditation on survival, culture, opportunities and privilege.

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