Floating Lamp of The Shadow Valley by Rajesh Jala (63′)
In the early 90’s a militant in Kashmir abducted a 12 year old girl, two winters later a boy was born. Today 9 years old his young shoulders are carrying a huge responsibility: his mother and four siblings. Facing challenges that have adults on their knees, he rows as a boat boy on the Dal lake in Kashmir. The threat of an ongoing strife… a threat of stomach… bone chilling winter… getting caught in the crossfire… an abusive and uncaring father… a devastating earthquake… The list is long in this little boy’s short story.
23 Winters by Rajesh Jala (30′)
“23 Winters”, a film set in reality, played by a real protagonist – Bota , who lives a surreal life. A forced refugee from Kashmir, Bota is schizophrenic. This film glimpses through his traumatic past which haunts his exiled present. Nonetheless, his hopes are unvanquished.
In partnership with Dharamshala International Film Festival and The Root Reel