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11 May 2004 (USA) See more »
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The biggest gathering of people in the history of humanity
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Jasper Johal ... Himself
Justin Davis ... Himself
Swami Krishnanad ... Himself
Pilot Baba ... Himself
Yog Mata ... Herself
Dyan Summers ... Herself
Vanessa Ramos ... Herself
Ramarand Puri ... Himself
Silu Acharya ... Herself
Kali Baaba ... Himself

The Dalai Lama ... Himself

Directed by
Maurizio Benazzo 
Nick Day 
 
Produced by
Maurizio Benazzo .... co-producer
Nick Day .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Bob Muller 
 
Cinematography by
Maurizio Benazzo 
Nick Day 
 
Film Editing by
Nick Day 
 
Sound Department
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Day .... additional cinematographer
 
Music Department
Duke Bojadziev .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
 

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USA:85 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Invention vs. Discovery, 21 February 2005
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. My knowledge of the Kumbh Mela was limited to only what I had seen on CNN. Co-filmmakers Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day offer a documentary that gives us more than an insider's view. We often feel as if we are trespassing, or at a minimum, actually in attendance. This Hindu spiritual festival is held every 12 years and climaxes in a Holy river bathing routine as the planets align. Estimates of attendance reach as high as 70 million people. The organization and structure of the event is fascinating as numerous "camps" are built, each around their particular guru. Many of these appear to be circus sideshows, while others are more serious spiritual leaders.

Nick Day held a brief Q&A after our screening and I was very interested to find out that they stumbled upon the charismatic Swami who guides us through this maze of worshipers, gurus and onlookers. This Swami is the driving force of the film and prevents any semblance of routine documentary blandness from reaching the viewer. Although lacking in true spiritual enlightenment, the film provides a unique, front row seat to this extremely interesting event. The influence of the western world to this traditional event is beyond question, but much of the old world religion survives and even thrives. See this one for the glimpse inside a world we rarely get the opportunity to see.

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