A short film that skillfully binds together human stories that surround the Kumbh Mela


As far as cultural festivals go, the Kumbh Mela  is the largest Hindu gathering of pilgrims in the world. The festival, which takes place in the early months of the year, is held at the exact intersection of the three sacred rivers – Yamuna, Ganges and the mythical Saraswati river, India.

Known to be a chaotic congregation of millions of babas, the object of this mela is to gather and bathe in the aforementioned rivers, in an attempt to rid oneself of all impurities. “The pilgrimage is held for about one-and-a-half months (every three years), at each of these four places where it is believed in Hinduism that drops of nectar fell from the kumbha carried by gods after the sea was churned.”

In 2013, film-maker Pan Nalin took it upon himself to shoot a documentary about this holy and peaceful gathering, while intertwining the stories of three lost children at the mela (an abandoned one, a kidnapped one and one who fled from home) into the film.

Faith Connections will make its debut on September 12th, until then have a look at its captivating trailer.