Sat 27 October 2018 | 4:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Cinemateque - Shprintsak Street 2, Tel Aviv,

Worship and faith on the banks of the River Ganges
A cinematic encounter with Eilat Idelberg
Saturday 27.10.18 at 16:45
Spiritual Film Festival

The Indians believe that the holy Ganges have the ability to purify the soul of its sins-thanks to the goddess Ganga in the river. Millions of Indians save pennies a penny throughout their lives in order to enable the pilgrimage to the holy river. Immersion in water will purify their souls and prepare them for a better life in the next life. The city favored by the Ganges is Ransy – the home of Lord Shiva. It is an extraordinary and unique city, in which a maelstrom and holiness, intellectuals and beggars, death and life are mixed.
“Karma” – the law of cause and effect, and “samsara” – belief in reincarnation – these are the most basic Hindu beliefs, without which it is impossible to understand this journey of pilgrimage and the way of life in India as a whole. How do these beliefs relate to the caste system? How does this mechanism maintain stability in the largest democratic country in the world? Why is every Indian sure he is in the right place? And what connection exists between Hinduism and Kabbalah, hidden doctrines and New Age teachings?

About the lecturer:
Eilat Idelberg, anthropologist, researcher of cultures and religions, travels in the material world and the spiritual world.

The film will be screened:
The Jesuit Hotel
Hotel Salvation
Director: Shohabashish Botiani
India, 2017, 102 min, Hindi, Hebrew subtitles.
With the participation of: Adil Hussain, Lital Bell, Giritangeli Kolkarni, Palumi Gosh

Faced with his father’s last and strange demand to die in the holy city of Varanasi and to reach salvation, his son had no choice but to go on a journey with him. Full of Hindu imagery and Indian culture, the Hotel Salvation is a beautiful story about life and loss that sanctifies love, friendship, and reminds us all of the true meaning of human connection.

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