Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela (2004)

Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela



Critic Consensus: Short on depth but amazingly insightful, this glimpse into one of the world's largest spritual gatherings is worth viewing for the eye-opening experience alone.

Movie Info

This documentary explores the spiritual journey of pilgrims who converge to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges to purify their sins during the Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 25, 2005
Box Office: $30.8k
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (17)

Unless you're utterly fascinated by the minutiae of Hinduism, you may find yourself wishing for more story to this story -- and this film does not oblige.

Full Review… | July 9, 2005
Chicago Tribune
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Too scattershot to make a real point about the true nature of a spiritual path.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
Seattle Times
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A documentary chronicle of the 2001 Kumbh Mela, a sort of spiritual Woodstock held every 12 years near Allahabad, India.

April 15, 2005
New York Post
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Mostly, Benazzo and Day leave us alone to take in the extraordinary sights and sounds.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
New York Daily News
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While this documentary about a religious pilgrimage in India feels haphazard and superficial, the glimpses it offers are never less than fascinating.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
New York Times
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The directors and subjects evince enough contagious ecstasy to gladden the most angst-ridden Western hearts.

Full Review… | April 12, 2005
Village Voice
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