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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 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

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Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated

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An eye-cpening and culturally awakening film.
29 March 2018 | by fflores-60097See all my reviews

The film was itself a great reflection of what pilgrimages are composed of to those fellow worshippers. The filmmakers did a good job at capturing the scenes of India however I feel that they could've done a better job at actually getting in depth of specific activities that people participate in and how by doing so was a means of reaching their goal of spirituality. It captures the overall significance of Kumbh Mela and explains the traditional reasons as to why this scared place is flooded with tens of millions of people at a specific time and place nearly every decade.

Organizational religion is the typical standard at least from a western viewpoint but the fact that pilgrimages offers an opportunity to find religious purpose yourself is a whole entirely different experience in itself and which is why it makes this documentary especially profound.


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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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