Director: Musa Syeed
Country/Year: USA/Kashmir, 2012
Running Time: 82mins
Language: English and Kashmiri with English subtitles
Lyrical romance and lush cinematography intermingle in this neorealist feature debut that was a major award winner at the Sundance Film Festival. The breathtaking Dal Lake in Kashmir is a sprawling aquatic community where erupting political violence often distracts from natural beauty. Gulzar, a young, working-class boatman, navigates the floating landscape and dreams of a better life. When he takes on a job assisting a Kashmiri-American scientist to collect water samples for her environmental study, everything in his own life begins to take on a new hue. Syeed intricately weaves together contemporary ecological issues with traditional culture, and deftly captures the unlikely romance that blossoms between the boatman and the scientist. The standout soundtrack for the film features music by Kashmiri-American band Zerobridge.
Co Presenters SF Green Film Festival, Center for Asian American Media, Bay Area Video Coalition, Pakistani American Cultural Center, International Development Exchange