A year on from the devastating Earthquake in Nepal comes a heartwarming short documentary ‘Rise of the Artisans’, showing how Nepal’s artisans have never lost their ancient skills and are now rebuilding the sites across the country after the earthquake.
The short film is by Britain’s Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal Doc McKerr who who heads up “Return To Nepal”, an independent series of short films that aims to highlight some ground truths around the tourism industry after the 2015 earthquake.
It reflects the experiences, knowledge and thoughts of Nepali’s of different ages, backgrounds and parts of the tourism industry encouraging people from around the world to once again consider it as an exciting and beautiful holiday destination.
Six months ago I finally got my hands on an imported DVD of ‘Faith Connections’ I found it on Youtube to share with you all.
Faith Connections is deeply moving documentary filmed at the 2013 Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in india. This is a remarkably insightful film, full of stunning images and for me up there with ‘Walking with Nagas’ as one of the best documentaries out there based on the Kumbh Mela festival.
Directed by Pan Nalin ‘Faith Connections’ follows a young runaway kid, a Sadhu, a mother desperately looking for her lost son, a yogi (Hatha Yogi Baba) who is raising an abandoned baby, and an ascetic who keeps his calm by smoking cannabis – all connected by one faith against the spectacular display of devotion.
“Walking with Nagas” is one of my favourite documentaries. Centred around the 2007 the Hindu Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad that I travelled to and photographed along with 70 million pilgrims searching for spiritual enlightenment.
The documentary by Julienne Rathore on the excellent Culture Unplugged website focuses on the Naga (naked) Holy men of Juna Akhara culminating in the day of the great bath, this film gives an intimate impression of the world’s largest act of faith.
Synopsis:“Walking with the Nagas” gives an intimate impression of the world’s largest act of faith, the Kumbh Mela. The festival dates back to before Creation when Hindu Gods and demons were fighting in the celestial skies. In 2007, 70 million people made the pilgrimage to Allahabad in northern India for the Ardh Kumbh Mela. Bathing in the holy confluence of three rivers, the pilgrims cleanse their souls in search of spiritual enlightenment. The focus lies upon the Naga Sadhus, one of eight families of Hindu holy men. These warrior ascetics are an extremely reclusive family who have denounced all worldly ties and focus upon self-enlightenment through meditation. At the Kumbh, the Nagas lead the processions to the riverbanks for the sacred baths. Starting at midnight, the night is a freezing 3°C, but the Nagas persist, marching for endless hours, covered in no more than a thin layer of holy ash.
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I love India’s beauty, diversity, ugliness, culture, religions, unrivalled friendliness, the in your face full on attack on your senses and chaos that only India can produce.
Those that have been to India be it once or countless times like I have will agree this a fantastically cleaver video from The Perennial Plate really evokes memories of those moments of life in everyday India.
If you’ve never been to India well this video is a pretty accurate snapshot of what to expect at any given turn.