Machhendranath

On the Road with the Red God
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English (subtitled), 72 min, 2005, Nepal

Every 12 years, impassioned devotees pull a 65-feet tall, unwieldy chariot in the Kathmandu Valley; its rider an enigmatic God worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists. The one month long journey is circumscribed by endless rituals and animal sacrifice. The enterprise calls for extreme cooperation and rigorous observance of ritual in the building, sanctification and pulling of the chariot. But the journey is an arena of gritty reality, where conflict or solidarity can prevail. So every 12 years, the same question is asked: will the journey succeed?

 
Producer:
Kesang Tseten
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Rajesh Gongaju, Siddhartha Shakya
Editing:
Kesang Tseten, Prem B. K., Rajesh Gongaju
Music:
Nhyoo Bajracharya
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Grand Prize at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, UK, 2006
Special Mention at the Bilan du Ethnographique, Paris
Best Documentary of the Decade, Nepal Motion Pictures Association, 2005