Step into the land of gods and goddesses in India’s high Himalayas.
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When Saraswati arrives as the first educated daughter-in-law in a Himalayan village, she wonders how she will ever feel at home. But faced with the scepticism of an older generation of women, she grows determined to succeed. As the village’s vibrant Pandav Lila festival approaches, this film offers a window onto the daily work and spiritual practices that bind people to each other and the land.
‘Spirit’ is an intimate story of longing and belonging from a remote community in the thralls of change.
Directors: Jane Dyson and Ross Harrison
Producer: Jane Dyson
Camera and Editor: Ross Harrison (r-harrison.com)
Sound Recordist, Designer and Editor: Nicholas O'Brien (upcycledsounds.eu)
Sound Editor: Benjamin Gale (spacewalkaudio.co.uk)
Colourist: Sam Gilling (samgilling.com)
This film could not have been made without the generous help of so many people, including those Jane has known since her work began in the village in 2003.
Most importantly, thank you to everyone in the village for your patience, generosity, love and support. We are deeply grateful to you for welcoming us into your lives, both while we were filming and over the many years before this. This film is yours.
Thanks to all the Pandav dancers and musicians, ritual leaders, festival managers and technicians, cooks and everyone who worked so hard to make the Pandav Lila happen.
We are grateful to the Australian Government for funding through an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant conducted at the School of Geography, University of Melbourne.