1993 / Italy, United States / 55min

BOATMAN is Gianfranco Rosi's account of a boattrip along the Ganges river, together with his helmsman Gopal. They pass tourists and Indians who are bathing, working or meditating. In a series of small portraits Rosi depicts life on and at the banks of India's sacred river. Central theme of this film is the imagination of the endless circle of life and death, which is rooted in the lives of the Indian people, and which is convincingly manifested in the way they bid the dead farewell.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Gianfranco Rosi
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Gianfranco Rosi
  • Editing
    Jacopo Quadri
  • Music
  • Sound
    Gianfranco Rosi
  • Duration
    55 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Italy
    • United States
  • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    ENG, HIN
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    21 One Productions
    Vicolo del Buco, 6
    tel: + 39 06 583 000 49
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
  • Awards


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