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Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela (2004)

Unrated | | Documentary | 11 May 2004 (USA)
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Every 12 years over 70 million pilgrims gather at the meeting of India's holiest rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, for a spectacular spiritual festival: the Kumbh Mela. This documentary ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jasper Johal Jasper Johal ... Self
Justin Davis Justin Davis ... Self
Swami Krishnanad Swami Krishnanad ... Self
Pilot Baba Pilot Baba ... Self
Yog Mata Yog Mata ... Self
Dyan Summers Dyan Summers ... Self
Vanessa Ramos Vanessa Ramos ... Self
Ramarand Puri Ramarand Puri ... Self
Silu Acharya Silu Acharya ... Self
Kali Baaba Kali Baaba ... Self
The Dalai Lama ... Self

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Every 12 years over 70 million pilgrims gather at the meeting of India's holiest rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, for a spectacular spiritual festival: the Kumbh Mela. This documentary takes a voyage of discovery through this colorful event through the eyes of several Westerners and an ebullient young Hindu monk, Swami Krishnanand. Featuring encounters with some of India's most respected holy men and exclusive footage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Written by Anonymous

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The biggest gathering of people in the history of humanity

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated

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Beautifully crafted documentary
27 November 2004 | by sahumanSee all my reviews

"Kumbh Mela: Short Cut to Nirvana" is a beautifully crafted documentary that details the organized chaos and curious piety surrounding the Kumbh Mela, an Indian religious festival held on 12-year intervals for the past two millennia. The most recent festival attracted an estimated 70 million people.

The documentary is handsomely photographed, beautifully edited, and constantly absorbing glimpse into a unique corner of the human experience. Western audiences may not understand everything they see in this film, but the film nonetheless makes for absorbing viewing and is highly recommended for anyone in search of a different answer to universal questions of faith and hope


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

11 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,263, 24 October 2004

Gross USA:

$381,225

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$498,077
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Company Credits

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Mela Films LLC See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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