“The Valley” movie presented by NAMI Southern Ohio
When affluent Silicon Valley entrepreneur Neal Kumar’s beautiful daughter, Maya, tragically commits suicide during her freshman year of college, no one seems to know why. In his frantic quest to find the truth – and as his seemingly idyllic life and family begins to unravel – Neal discovers many things about himself and his own choices.
Audiences have said they found it “haunting”, “gripping”, “moving” and “couldn’t take their eyes off the screen”. The film has been in 23 film festivals all over the world, has earned 11 awards and 19 nominations including: Best Picture, Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematographer and Best Original Score.
The Valley is designed as a suicide deterrence film. Unlike other popular media dealing with themes of suicide, The Valley powerfully unpacks this challenging and often triggering subject without glamorizing suicide or providing instructional content. Rather, it focusses on our misplaced values, how depression or anxiety often goes unnoticed or untreated, and the catastrophic effect of suicide on family and friends. I would like to stimulate conversation and thought on this important topic, especially among young adults, as discussing suicide is one of the most effective means of preventing it.
Tickets can be purchased in advance ($8.00) at NAMI Southern Ohio office located at 181 N. Bridge Street (Red Cross building).