Gianfranco Rosi Retrospective: Boatman

Director: Gianfranco Rosi
Italy / 1993 / 55 min
In Hindi, English, and Italian with English subtitles

Intro by Yonca Talu

Last streamed on Sun, Apr 4

In a series of small portraits, Gianfranco Rosi depicts life on and along the banks of the Ganges River. The director’s first film documents the boat trip he took along India’s sacred river with his helmsman, Gopal. They pass tourists and locals, witnessing them bathe, work, or meditate. The film captures the imagination of the endless circle of life and death, which is rooted in the lives of the Indian people, and is convincingly manifested in the way they bid farewell to the dead.