Kumbh

    • Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
    • India, Denmark
    • 2017
    • 30 min
    • International Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    Two young men stroll curiously around the Kumbh Mela, a huge religious festival involving millions of Hindus. They are wearing modern clothing, which makes them stand out among the pilgrims, most of whom are in traditional dress. Kumbh Mela, which takes place every three years at one of the four major Hindu sites (Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik), is seen as the biggest pilgrimage in the world, bringing the many faces of Hinduism together. There are naked sadhus smeared in ash, rich gurus collecting donations, musicians and other performers, and simple pilgrims washing away their sins by ritual bathing in the river. The two men watch it all in silence, recording it with their cameras. Meanwhile, we take it all in from behind them. Sometimes we see what they are filming, at other times we see them filming one another. Through this device, director Umesh Kulkarni interposes an extra layer between the viewer and the spectacle. The sophisticated soundtrack and painstaking framing make this short documentary with no dialogue more than a simple recording of a fascinating religious spectacle. 

    Credits

    • 30 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
    Production
    Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, Mahdi Fleifel for Nakba Filmworks
    Cinematography
    Rangarajan Rambadran
    Editing
    Monisha R Baldawa
    Sound
    Ranjeet Gadgil, Vipul Pol

    IDFA history

    2017
    International Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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