At the Stairs

English (subtitled), 30 min, 2010, India

‘At the Stairs’ captures lonely moments and lifeless lives of three aged widows who have been waiting for decades to die in Banaras. Ironically, they live at a paradoxical venue, Manikarnika, the busiest cremation ground, where cremations never stop. More than 100 departed souls are cremated here everyday. This film glimpses through the silence of these lonely souls living amidst the deafening sound of death rituals. The incessant funeral pyres, the eternal wood hammering and the funeral recitation, ‘ram naam satya hai’, silence the dying whispers of these widows.

Rajesh S. Jala
Creative Crew
Giriraj Sharma, Raj Kishore, Rajesh S. Jala
Sheetal Koul, Vijay D. Sharma
Giriraj Sharma, Raj Kishore
Assistant Director: Raman T. Sharma
Awards and Screenings:

Golden Conch for the Best Documentary Film, MIFF, 2012
Best Short Documentary, Signes de nuit, Paris, 2011
Best Short Documentary, New Jersey South Asian Film Festival, 2011
Best Cinematography IDPA, 2010
Best Editing IDPA, 2010
Certificate of Merit for sound, IDPA, 2010
Screened at:
Indian Panaroma, IFFI Goa 2011
DOK Leipzig, 2011