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Wed April 22, 2015. Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama, Monsoon is a documentary exploration of chaos, creation and faith in the land of believers:  The subject is monsoon, the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied culture of India. Canada, 2014, 108min. Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. Music by the Bombay Dub Orchestra.

 Still from "Monsoon" Green Film Series screening Wed April 22 in Gibsons BC


Award-winning filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson's visually stunning documentary Monsoon is an exploration of chaos, creation and faith. Filmed across the Indian sub-continent, Monsoon charts the huge system’s annual journey from the southern state of Kerala to India's north-eastern state of Meghalaya, as it surges toward and gradually engulfs every region of the country. While the filmmakers document this powerful force of nature, they meet a remarkable group of individuals along the way whose lives are entwined by the phenomenon that some call 'the soul of India.' Monsoon is a cinematic journey into the terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing landscapes on earth.

 The monsoon is one of the greatest shows on earth, with its terrible grandeur that can go quickly from blessing to curse. Everyone should submit to the experience at least once.  If that is not possible, the next best option is to see Sturla Gunnarsson's Monsoon

— Rohinton Mistry. Author, Such a Long JourneyA Fine Balance

Monsoon was filmed over the course of the 2013 monsoon season using ultra high definition 4K Red Epic cameras, modified for extreme weather documentary shooting by Director of Photography Van Royko. The score was composed by Bombay Dub Orchestra’s Andrew T. MacKay, based on the Malhar ragas, and featuring some of the top Indian players and vocalists in Bombay and London.

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This film is rated PG.


Monsoon Trailer HD 20150206 from Intuitive Pictures Inc. on Vimeo.