Chidra

  • 8 10
  • 2018
  • 40min
Chidra
  • English, Hindi
  • English

This documentary gives us a never-before-seen access to a mysterious ritual of purification practiced in northern India.

Chidra
  • English, Hindi
  • English
Awards

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Cape Verde International Film Festival/ RIFF Awards/ Ethnografilm 

Chidra. The Invisible Path of Karma 

Every couple of years, Ram Nath leaves his fields and buffaloes in the upper reaches of the Himalayan valley of Kullu in North India in order to play the part of human sacrifice in a mysterious purification ritual. 

During the ritual, Ram Nath transforms from a highland peasant into the master of ceremonies, a powerful redeemer who cuts holes (chidra) in the fabric of society, collecting sins into a cosmic trap that only he can operate. 

Chidra follows Ram Nath through the ritual, revealing how men, gods, and mediums handle the dangerous substance of actions (karma) at the frontier of the Hindu cultural sphere.

Nadav Harel
Nadav Harel Director
Arik Moran
Arik Moran Director

Production Companies

Noprocess Films