The trailer of debutant director Saila Kariat’s American indie drama film THE VALLEY was unveiled in India on World Mental Health Day. Also present at the event were Suchitra Pillai, Pooja Bhatt, Dr. Anureet Sethi (Clinical Psychologist).
The trailer launch was followed by a meaningful discussion on the struggle for meaning in the success driven modern world, the growing problem of depression and potential ways to combat it.
THE VALLEY brings to light a very prominent topic that is very relevant in today’s day and age. It explores the struggle of one family to survive intact amidst a culture in which relationships and human connection are almost impossible to maintain. The film recently won Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival.
After receiving tremendous recognition internationally at various film festivals, the award winning film will be screened in India for the very first time at Jio MAMI 19th Annual Mumbai Film Festival.
Talking about the film Saila Kariat shared, “THE VALLEY is a labor of love for me, and watching it come to life from script to the big screen has been an amazing journey. In my mind it deals with themes of ambition and the drive for success versus human connection, through the story of a young girl suffering from depression, who makes the ultimate tragic choice. Different people have drawn different meanings from the movie, which has been really interesting to see. The cast and crew did a great job, and Alyy Khan and Suchitra Pillai give unforgettable performances. It is my hope that this film finds an audience in all demographics all over the world and we are fortunate that we could announce the trailer on a significant day like World Mental Health Day.”
Suchitra Pillai, who is a part of the film says, “A killer cast and a fabulous director Saila Kariat made this one of the best things I worked on.”
Film’s lead actor Alyy Khan added, “Saila’s sublime & thought provoking film THE VALLEY is a must watch for all parents especially those with teenage kids. It’s a project I’m extremely proud to be associated with.”
“I am glad to be a part of this panel and support such a film that creates more awareness on topics like depression which are not talked about in shame,” said actress & filmmaker Pooja Bhatt.