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Faith Connections

A “gorgeous and unsettling documentary” – The Village Voice

How do you find a child missing among 100 million pilgrims?

The US theatrical premiere of Pan Nalin’s heart-rending documentary telling the story of three children – one abandoned, one absconded, and one abducted during the 2013 spiritual ritual Kumbh Mela – the largest gathering of humans on earth.

"A personal, yet profoundly universal, cinematic essay that interweaves … disparate tales into a meditative, entertaining and provocative tapestry." - Saibal Chatterjee, BBC

Tickets: $15 includes admission to the galleries and the exhibition Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India

Friday, September 12 - 7:00 PM


Friday, September 12 - 9:30 PM


Saturday, September 13 - 3:00 PM

Includes a post-screening
discussion with VP of Analytics at SumAll and Slave Labor Specialist Korey Lee


Saturday, September 13 - 6:00 PM

Includes a post-screening discussion with photographer Joey L.



Sunday, September 14 - 3:00 PM

Includes a post-screening discussion with Children’s Hope India representative Meera Rao

Presented in association with Children's Hope India


Sunday, September 14 - 6:00 PM

Includes a post-screening discussion with scholar Drew Thomases


Monday, September 15 - 7:00 PM

Includes a post-screening discussion with producer, photographer, scholar and critic Ira Landgarten


Wednesday, September 17 - 4:00 PM


Wednesday, September 17 - 7:00 PM


Thursday, September 18 - 5:00 PM Buy Tickets

Includes a post-screening discussion with photographer Michael O’Neill


Friday, September 19 - 9:30 PM Buy Tickets


This Kino/Lorber Alive Mind release is presented in association with the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) 


Community Partner for the premiere screenings of Faith Connections is Sunny Thakkar

Pan Nalin, a self-taught filmmaker, was born in a remote village in Gujarat. He made several short films and documentaries before venturing into feature films. His first feature film Samsara, remains the highest grossing Indian independent film on the international market. Samsara received its US theatrical release at the Rubin in 2006. Nalin's feature documentary Ayurveda: Art of Being has won many awards. It was recently screened at the Rubin in connection with the exhibition Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine. Nalin's epic Valley of Flowers which was filmed in the high altitudes of Ladakh and in Japan was introduced to New York audiences at IAAC’s Indian Film Festival in 2006 and has since attracted an international cult following. Nalin has been hired by Forecast Pictures to write Race based on the encounter in Berlin of Jesse Owens and Adolf Hitler. Nalin has been working on a script for a spy-thriller set in Paris called Codename: Madeleine with Isabelle Sobelman (writer of Oscar winner La vie en rose) for Cite Films & Virginie Films France. He is also slated to direct a drama set both in India and New Zealand, Beyond the Known World for The Reservoir Films NZ and Arsam International France.