Mother Ganga Docu-animation

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT


Apr 1, CANADA (SUN) Mother Ganga, a documentary on the Ganges, was recently launched at Mumbaiís Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir, ISKCON, by actor-Parliamentarian Hema Malini and industrialist Yash Birla.

The 50-minute film produced by ISKCON Cinema, is the joint effort of ISKCONís most talented filmmakers from six countries including Argentina, Spain, the Czech Republic, the US, Canada, Germany and India. Shot at over a dozen locations, the filmmakers travelled 3000 plus kms over a period of two months, tracing the path of this holy river. It is directed by Ezequiel Guerisoli from Spain.

Spanish director Ezequiel Guerisoli, an ISKCON devotee, gave up his worldly possessions to make Mother Ganga, a 50-minute documentary tracing the 1600-mile course of holy river Ganga with other disciples of the cult from six different countries.

Mother Ganga is a documentary on Indiaís greatest river, the holy Ganges. It is a spiritual journey beginning at Ganga Sagar on the Bay of Bengal where Ganga meets the sea to itís source Gomukh, high in the Himalayas. The 1600 mile-long journey is interspersed state-of-the-art special effects and animation images that highlight the mythology of Ganga.

Inspired by Jaya Vijaya Dasís book Our merciful Mother Ganga, the documentary was shot in the year 2003 over a period of two months with a team that travelled from Ganga Sagar, West Bengal to Gomukh, itís source. Bhaktivaibhava Swami, an ISKCON sannyasi inspired the devotees to assist him. He also raised the funds to make the movie.

This documentary film is the result of concerted effort of ISKCON devotees who pitched in voluntary efforts. Russian cinmatographer Kirticandra Das, US scriptwriters Gauravani Buchwald and Yadubara das, German producer Bhaktivaibhava Swami and Spanish director Ezequiel Guerisoli, Mother Ganga is truly a global tribute to the holy river.



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