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Movie Recommendation: “Faith Connections” by Pan Nalin

On April 30th the documentary „Faith Connections“ from the indian producer Pan Nalin started to be shown in German cinemas.
The movie is about the biggest (spiritual) gathering of human beings on earth: the “Maha Kumbh Mela”. This festival is held in India only every 12 years and the movie was shot during the event in Allahabad in February 2013. I was attending the “Maha Kumbh Mela” in Allahabad. Therefore I certainly wanted to see the movie 😉

And I have to say that I think the movie could also be interesting for others than fans of the “Kumbh Mela” or India / indian culture …
The director Pan Nalin succeeded to capture the atmosphere of this extraordinary event very well and he keeps his documentary interesting by telling the stories of individual persons: We learn about the heart-warming story of an old Sadhu (holy man) who found a baby on the street and now takes care of the boy since 2 years. Or the story of a run-away who was looking for new friends and eventually found them among the holy men and the police officers on the Kumbh Mela! But we also accompany the tragic story of a desperate family of pilgrims who lost a child during the Kumbh Mela and who are afraid that their 2-year old boy was kidnapped by slave traders.
In many reviews of the movie I read the description of a ‚movie meditation‘. I think that hits the bulls eye! When the movie was over me and my friends were still sitting in front of the dark screen for some minutes and it felt like when I returnee from my first trip to India: we have been in a very different world.
My recommendation: watch it at all costs!

If you see the movie and become interested to travel to a Kumbh Mela you might be interested in my next photo expedition to the Kumbh Mela in May 2016!?
This festival will be held in Ujain and it will actually be way smaller then the one in Allahabad. But still it will be vast and – an unforgettable experience! Here you can learn more about the photo expedition: Photography Expedition INDIA – “Kumbh Mela” – May 2016

And here are more informations about the movie:
Faith Connections


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