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Hair India

India, beauty

Overview

Genre
Social Issues, Anthropology, and Society
Synopsis

…while planning his wedding to the goddess Padmavathi, Vishnu accumulated a large debt with Kubera, the gods’ treasurer, who, in consideration of the high interest rate he had stipulated, decided that the loan could be paid off bythe hundreds of generations over the centuries to come. For hundreds of years, devotees have donated money or jewellery. Many will not hesitate to offer the only thing they own: every day 40,000 pilgrims donate their hair in a ritual of purification. Until a few years ago the hair donated to the temples was burned or used to stuff mattresses. Today this hair has become an extraordinary economic resource. Thousands of locks find their way to Italy, purchased by Mr. Gold, owner of “Great Lengths”, the world’s leading manufacturer of the extensions used to thicken and lengthen hair. “Great Lengths” hair extensions are considered the best on the world market. The company exports to the USA and Europe and many others including… India.

Stage
finished
Running time
52 and 75 minutes

Credits

  • Raffaele Brunetti ... Co-Director /Producer
  • Marco Leopardi ... Co-Director, Director of Photography

Production Details

Prod. Co.
B&B Film
Country
Italy
Years of Production
2008
Locations
Italy, India
Prod. Partners
NDR Arte – Terra -RAI – OHM – YLE – ETB – EU MEDIA Plus programme – Filmtank Hamburg

Distribution Details

Release year
2008
Festivals
Idfa, Full Frame, Hotdocs, Festival dei Popoli, DOC NZ, Festival de Guadalajara, Docville, Marfici, OXDOX , David di Donatello Awards, Prix Italia, Shangai, Ganzhou, Rio De Janeiro, Belfast, Pamplona, Films From the South, Sao Paulo, Margaret Mead FF
Awards
Guanzhou Int. Film Festival- Jury award; Premio Ondas- Best International Programme
Broadcast (Prod.)
RAI, NDR ARTE, YLE, OHM
Language
Telegu, English
Subtitles
Italian, English, French

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