Forest of Bliss
Visually spectacular, with breathtaking images of the faithful at Varanassi, the ritual capital of Hindu India, this film is one of the most marking pieces of cinema on the matter of religion, religiosity and ritual.
While contested by some, the film stands as a classic in visual ethnography and has celebrated for its insight and the poetry of its visual making. Benares operates as the main site of the death industry in India and the film is inquiring into the mysteries and fascinations of this phenomenon.
Director: Robert Gardner (1987)
Ethnographic film seminar
The screening is a cooperation between the University Library and Ethnographic film seminar / Associate Professor Theodoros Rakopoulos. This semester's theme is: Elegies: films on absence, loss and understanding.