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The Valley (2017 film)

The Valley is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Saila Kariat. It stars Alyy Khan, Suchitra Pillai, Jake T. Austin, Samina Peerzada, Barry Corbin, Christa B. Allen, Agneeta Thacker and Salma Khan . The plot follows a distraught father as he searches for answers after his college-age daughter's suicide. The film will be released on March 3, 2018.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

The Valley
The Valley Official Poster.jpg
Directed by Saila Kariat
Produced by
  • Saila Kariat
  • Yumee Jang
Written by Saila Kariat
Music by Jacob Yoffee
Cinematography Paul Nordin
Edited by Robin Lee
Release date
  • November 14, 2017 (2017-11-14) (San Diego Asian Film Festival)
  • March 3, 2018 (2018-03-03) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
Language English



The Valley is the story of an immigrant entrepreneur Neal Kumar and his family, who live in the technologically driven culture that is Silicon Valley. His affluent life appears idyllic from the exterior, however, when his daughter Maya tragically commits suicide, the fractured nature of his interior life becomes apparent to himself and those around him. At the outset, Neal unveils his latest technology Augur from his company Virtually You, which emphasizes how technology enhances human connectedness. Sometime later, he drives to a cliff and pulls out a gun. He remembers the events of the past year, when his daughter has committed suicide. Afterwards, the family is devastated and does not understand the cause of the tragedy. Neal’s quest to find out the truth propels him on an increasingly frantic journey that brings him to the brink of disaster.



In August 2015, Saila Kariat obtained all financing for The Valley and began forming a team. The crew was assembled mostly from the San Francisco Bay Area, while the cast was multi-national. The cast came from Pakistan, India, LA and NY.

Filming began in March 2016 in Silicon Valley, California, and was completed in early April. The entire production was completed in 21 days. Post production was completed in February 2017, and The Valley premiered at Cinequest Film Festival in March, 2017.


The film is scheduled to be released on March 3, 2018, in London, UK for a limited theatrical release. The US and worldwide limited theatrical will follow.

Critical responseEdit

The Valley has been in the festival circuit in 2017, having been in 22 festivals. It has garnered numerous awards including Best Feature Film (3 festivals), Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Score and Best Cinematography.


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