Deutsche Version

Egaro Mile

Director: Ruchir Joshi    → show biography   
Country: India
Year: 1991
Synopsis: “You say you’re a Baul, then behave like a Baul!” as Indian singer Gaur Khepa, rockstar-like long hair, beard and attitude seemingly at odds with his sacred music, remembers being chastised. Tradition and contemporary practice of Bauls, Bengali mystic minstrels, are explored in Calcutta filmmaker and author Ruchir Joshi’s essay film. Baul music, rooted in Hinduism with elements of Sufism, sings of love, desire and the struggle to find – and stay on – the path to enlightenment. In addition to passing on classical verses of 19th century saint Lalon, Bauls pepper lyrics are with references to modern life such as electricity. In the late 1980s, when Joshi began the film, the West showed increased interested in Baul music, which inevitably impacted the culture, for better or worse. Joshi foregrounds his filmmaking process and draws upon Western thinkers such as Foucault as he follows Gaur, veteran Subot, new talent Kartik and Mira Mahanta, a rare strong female presence. He captures mesmerizing performances, everyday life and family tragedy. The film often suspends time while heightening perception and critical reflection, perhaps an equivalent to the state Baul music strives to evoke. (Natalie Gravenor, Berlinale Forum 2019)
Language: English
Forum participation year: 2019

Technical Attributes

Format: DCP
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: English
Resolution: 1480x1080
Size: 218,46 GB
Container: DCP-Interop
Codec: JPEG2000, PCM
Running time (minutes): 155
Color: color
Sound: Mono
Aspect ratio: 1:1,37
Frames per second: 24