Documentary on Kumbh Mela at Boston

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  1. sahuman

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    Documentary on Kumbh Mela at Boston

    Award-winning documentary, "Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela", which
    premieres in Boston at Kendall Square Cinema on Noveber 19,is part of
    a rapidly growing trend of responsible filmmaking which has emerged in
    reaction to the increasing commercialism of Hollywood and widespread
    homogenization of entertainment. And audiences are showing their
    support and desire for such substantive entertainment with
    unprecedented attendance at such independent films.

    In 2001, an estimated 70 million people convened in India for the
    largest gathering in the history of humanity, yet few Westerners had
    ever heard of it. Filmmakers Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day traveled to
    India to capture the profound and historical event and share the
    experience with the world.

    The film documents the Maha Kumbh Mela, one of the most ancient of
    Hindu festivals, which occurs once every 144 years in Allahabad,
    India. The documentary, which includes encounters with several leading
    spiritual masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was hailed
    by Film Threat as, "a beautifully crafted documentary... and
    constantly absorbing glimpse into a unique corner of the human

    More than a simple account of the Kumbh Mela, this film is a sensory
    experience of an ancient, grand occasion, a swirl of color and motion,
    song and cacophony, the sacred and the surreal—spiritual India exactly
    as anyone would hope to find it. And from this unique event comes a
    powerful and uplifting message of peace and tolerance for all

    "Sometimes I think we only start to truly learn about our own culture
    when we leave it behind and begin to experience others," reflects
    co-director/co-producer Nick Day. "So my intention is that American
    audiences who may not have had much contact with other people from
    other cultures will find something in the film that helps them reflect
    on their own lives while uplifting them and giving them hope for the
    future of humanity as a whole. Here are spiritual leaders from another
    culture far away, from another religious tradition... calling for
    peace, harmony, unity and love for all humanity.... Now we are
    tryingto bring the essence of that experience to other people through
    this film."

    Benazzo agrees, " ‘Shortcut to Nirvana' is part of a new movement of
    spiritual filmmaking. More and more people are becoming fed up with
    the formula entertainment that Hollywood has to offer, and are asking
    for something different. There is an increasing segment of the
    population calling for films that are entertaining, uplifting and
    positive, movies that can inspire us to make this planet a better
    place. When movies like this appear, take ‘What the Bleep Do We
    Know?'for example, an unexpected number of people respond to them with
    appreciation, making it apparent that there is a need for more
    intelligent entertainment."
    sahuman, Nov 9, 2004
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