Monday, March 17, 2014

Kumbh Mela Documentaries


Here's a trailer for a new documentary about the world's largest gathering of humanity which occurred in India last year in a religious festival called Kumbh Mela. The festival happens every twelve years at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. Hindus believe that bathing in the water will wash away their sins and help bring salvation. As I wrote last year, over 100,000,000 Hindus gathered there last year.

The documentary is called Faith Connections and was written and directed by Pan Nalin. It premiered in Toronto last fall and the BBC gives it a good review here.  But it's two hours and way too long for a class.

The 30 minute documentary below, called "The Holy Dip,"  might be better and does a good job of reviewing the  festival and giving you an idea of its magnitude. 

A third documentary with the same title, "The Holy Dip" will debut on Sunday, March 23, on ABC TV Compass in Australia.

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