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Faith Connections

NY Premiere

Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:00 PM–7:30 PM

Includes a post-screening discussion with photographer Michael O’Neill.
“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.
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About the Speaker

Michael O’Neill was a contributing photographer for the New York Times Magazine for eighteen years, Rolling Stone, Life, the New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Time and numerous other publications, producing iconic photos of the famous personalities of the late twentieth century. The work he produced in portraiture received acclaim equal to that in his previous life as an advertising and commercial artist. The project closest to O’Neill’s heart is an exploration in word and image of the origins and the essence of yoga and Eastern spiritual practice through an ongoing series of portraits.

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.