In early 2015, Monsoon will make its way through Canadian cities. That, of course, isn’t the annual phenomenon that powers through large expanses of India. Rather, it’s the feature documentary that bears the same name – a sprawling biopic that charts the travels of the monsoon during the 2013 season.
1. Beyond the Edge:
Rarely does a cinematic experience leave you with a sense of vertigo. But this aptly titled 3D documentary from Kiwi director Leanne Pooley, does just that. It recreates the arduous journey that culminated in the first-ever conquest of Mount Everest by New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepali sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953.
2. Faith Connections:
From Indian-origin director Pan Nalin, this Franco-Indian production visits the Kumbh Mela, and over a period of 55 days, tells its tale through five characters, from a nine-year-old runaway to a sadhu who gets high, not only on spiritual ecstasy, but also ganja.
3. Radhe Radhe:
This film by director Prashant Bhargava is part of a larger multimedia project from New York-based jazz artist Vijay Iyer, and was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Filmed during the celebration of Holi in Mathura, it’s a performance piece in itself.
From HT Brunch, February 1
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