הפסטיבל הבינלאומי לקולנוע דוקומנטרי בתל אביב 3-12.5.12

At the Stairs

India 2011, 29 min, Hindi, Hebrew & English subtitles

The banks of the river Ganges and the stairs at Varanasi (Banaras) are a holy Hindu site. Countless pilgrims come for ritual bathing; death rituals and funeral pyres take place there constantly. A Hindu widow, one of many, arrives to spend the remainder of her days, believing that cremation at Banaras will liberate her from the suffering entailed by the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. A touching portrait of the relationship between life and death.

At the Stairs website

Director, Production & Script: Rajesh S. Jala
Production Company: The Elements
Editing: Sheetal Koul, Vijay D.sharma
Cinematography: Rajesh S. Jala, Rajkishore, Giriraj Sharma
Print Source: Rajesh S. Jala (rajeshjala@gmail.com)Director CV
Born in Kashmir, India, Rajesh S. Jala has been making films since 1997. His films have won a number of awards at international film festivals like Montreal and Sao Paulo. His critically acclaimed documentary CHILDREN OF THE PYRE was picked and market premiered by leading sales agent Fortissimo Films at Cannes 2009. Rajesh, a Berlinale Talent Campus Alumnus 2011, is currently based in New Delhi.

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