India, 2013, 115 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Topics: Documentary, Religion
Program: True Stories
Language: Hindi English Sub-Titles
It’s the largest peaceful gathering on earth: the Kumbh Mela. Every three years, nearly 100 million Hindus make pilgrimage to a confluence of sacred waters. Every 12 years, that gathering takes place where the river Ganges meets the Yamuna. Indian filmmaker Pan Nalin (Samsara; Valley of the Flowers) was there. He captures both the incredible spectacle, and, in the midst of this bewildering sea of humanity, engaging characters too.
Characters like Kishan Tiwari, a charismatic 10-year-old runaway who befriends everyone and who says his ambition is to become either a mafia don or a holy man; and Hatha Yogi Baba, a traditional sadhu hermit who had renounced the world, until one day he found a new-born baby abandoned outside his hut, and who now lovingly raises the infant and ponders if this is God’s plan.
"In our times, we are losing ‘real’ touch with religions. Instead, it’s all about power, politics, fanaticism and exploitation of faith... Spirituality is packaged and exported, and then, re-imported back as a lifestyle. Thus, only the poor of the world hold onto true faith – the spectacle of one such holding is the Kumbh Mela."
- Pan Nalin
DIRECTOR: Pan Nalin
Producer: Raphaël Berdugo, Gaurav Dhingra, Virginie Lacombe, Pan Nalin
Editor: Shreyas Beltangdy, Julie Delord
Screenwriter: Pan Nalin
Cinematographer: Anuj Dhawan, Pan Nalin, Swapnil Sonawane
Music: Cyril Morin
Principal Cast: Kishin Tiwari, Hatha Yogi Baba, Vivekanandji, Umeshji, Mamta Devi, Sonu, Bhole Baba, Shuklaji
Filmography: Valley of the Flowers (2006)
Ayurveda: Art of Being (2001)
Print Source: Tamasa Distribution
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