The Last Rites of the Honourable Mr. Rai is a film about the cremation of a longtime resident of the holy city of Varanasi. This film, made at the request of the Rai family, is possibly the most detailed and respectful study of the Hindu rites of cremation on the sacred banks of the river Ganga at the historic Harish Chandra Ghat. With no invasive narration but with inter-titles and subtitles the film enables the viewer to see, hear and experience all that is said by the mourners, the funerary priest and cremation ground specialists, as they carry out this final rite of passage for a Hindu.
The Last Rites of the Honourable Mr. Rai / directed by Jayasinhji Jhala, edited by Alethea Carbaugh and Lauren Semmel.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Title from title frames.
Originally produced by Documentary Educational Resources in 2007.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
In Sanskrit, Hindi, Subtitles in English.
Jhala, Jayasinhji, film director.; Allen, William, producer.; Carbaugh, Alethea, author.; Semmel, Lauren, author.
Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2007