Though a day-in-the-life of three people who exist by, with and from, the Ganges River, this film is really the story of the river of the past 1,000 years. And it is the reality of 1,000 years and 1,000,000 pilgrims a year that has virtually stilled the river.
Ashes, bodies, effluent, offerings, all kinds of debris litter the waters. Furthermore, the dreams of many holy seekers are clouded by deeply entrenched classism, particularly the ‘undertakers’ - the untouchables.
The film uses the river’s narrative to explore the intricacies and inherent ironies surrounding concepts of purity, impurity, the holy and mundane which are acted out daily on its banks.