In 2012, Musa Syeed's Valley of Saints took home the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance. It hits theaters in New York today.
The film follows Gulzar, a young Kashmiri boatman, who loves his home: Dal Lake, the crowning jewel of Kashmir. But his life is turned upside-down when the government decides to evict his people because of the extreme pollution that is destroying the lake. As he vows to challenge his community's eviction, Gulzar is hired to guide Deepti, an American scientist studying the pollution. While slowly earning Deepti's trust, Gulzar must uncover the enemies of the lake and save his community's way of life before it is too late.