Sunday, September 14, 2014
7:00 PM–8:30 PM Free
Includes a post-screening discussion with scholar Drew Thomases.
“A personal, yet profoundly universal, cinematic essay that interweaves five disparate tales into a meditative, entertaining and provocative tapestry.”- Saibal Chatterjee, BBC
New York premiere of Pan Nalin’s heart-rending documentary telling the story of three children – one abandoned, one absconded, and one abducted during the 2013 spiritual ritual Kumbh Mela – the largest gathering of humans on earth.
For all screenings see rubinmuseum.org/faithconnections
About the Speaker
Drew Thomases is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, studying the religious traditions of South Asia. His work focuses on the anthropology of religion in North India—more specifically, Hindu pilgrimage and practice—though he is broadly interested in tourism, globalization, and theoretical approaches to the study of religion.
About the Filmmaker
Pan Nalin, a self-taught filmmaker, was born in a remote village in Gujarat. He made several short films and documentaries before venturing into feature films. His first feature film Samsara, remains the highest grossing Indian independent film on the international market. Samsara received its US theatrical release at the Rubin in 2006. Nalin’s feature documentary Ayurveda: Art of Being has won many awards. It was recently screened at the Rubin in connection with the exhibition Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine. Nalin’s epic Valley of Flowers which was filmed in the high altitudes of Ladakh and in Japan was introduced to New York audiences at IAAC’s Indian Film Festival in 2006 and has since attracted an international cult following.