Naked in Ashes

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In this intimate documentary about the lives of India's Yogis, filmmaker Paula Fouce explores the hearts and minds of these modern day holy men, who carry on a little seen spiritual tradition with little to no ties to conventional, material life.


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  • Paula Fouce's documentary about several of these yogis gives us a kind of cinéma vérité peek into their lives as they perform their rituals and prepare for the great meeting, or Kumbh Mela, of yogis in Ujjain, held in 2003.

    Aug 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • Does so much of what we want from documentary -- it teaches us new ways that lives can be lived. And religion or no, that always expands the spirit.

    Jan 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Naked in Ashes could easily provide answers but doesn't, and so it invites only unexamined faith or skepticism.

    Jan 13, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • As an intimate glimpse into an otherwise hidden world, it's admittedly absorbing, but the subjects merit a more rigorous portrait.

    Jan 5, 2006 | Full Review…
  • With Naked in Ashes, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Paula Fouce manages a dubious feat of underachievement: She's made a documentary about Hindu mystics that's only marginally enlightening about its subject matter.

    Dec 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An inspirational and cautionary film that documents the hermetic lives of a handful of Indian yogis.

    Dec 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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