CH - 08 Holy (Un)Holy River

Holy (Un)holy River

USA, Feature Documentary, 2016, 60 min

Winner at the Banff Mountain Film Festival

What starts as a traditional expedition film at the source of the Ganges River high in the Himalayas becomes something else as Boulder co-directors Pete McBride and Jake Norton journey downriver. Although once celebrated for its purity, the Ganges now carries contaminants from its glacial headwaters where the snow contains zinc from industrial emissions. Downriver, the river is dammed 16 times to provide hydroelectric power. Water is diverted for agriculture and other uses, and the 500 million people in the Ganges basin further pollute the river. Yet the Hindu faithful believe they can cleanse away their sins by bathing in this “holy” water, which carries the unfiltered drainage of a population twice the size of the U.S.

Directed by Pete McBride and Jake Norton

Director Pete McBride in person

Gyalmu's House

Nepal/UK, Short Documentary, 2016, 19 min

In 2015, an earthquake of terrible power devastated the Langtang Valley in Nepal, taking hundreds of lives from the small community. A year later, Nima Gyalmu, a woman of extraordinary strength, dignity and humor, rebuilds her house in this remote and shattered place while trying to come to terms with her new world.

Directed by Asmita Shrish and Gavin Carter

$10.00 - $12.00


Preceded by: Gyalmu's House

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