In Varanasi, India the boat rides on the Ganges River are part of the spiritual experience and the film introduces the audience to the river, an auspicious event called “Dev Diwali,” and one particular boatman, whose main source of strength and survival comes from the Ganges.

Synopsis: 

Varanasi, India is one of the holiest cities, located in the northeastern part of the country. People from all over India, even the world, travel to Varanasi to bathe in the Ganges River to wash away their sins and purify their souls. Along the river embankment are boatmen who row tourists up and down the Ganges during Dev Diwali, a festival celebrated 15 days after the national holiday of Diwali. The boat rides are part of the spiritual experience on this holy day, and the film introduces the audience to the river, this auspicious event, and one particular boatman, whose main source of strength and survival comes from the Ganges. Somani has another film with New Day called Crossing Lines.

Director's Commentary: 

Many films have been made about the pollution in India, particularly, how polluted the water sources have become.  With this film, I captured a different side of the Ganges River, and why visiting Varanasi and bathing in the river still remains a spiritual pilgrimage.