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kullukid    1

I've spent months trying to track down a film about the Himalayas & Sadhus. Anyway at long last with much perseverance on my part I managed to track down the director of this film "Holy Men & Fools" & i'm now the proud owner of a copy on DVD.

Anyway with no exaggeration on my part it's probably one of the best films i've seen on the Himalayas & the lives of Sadhus.

Because of my erm... over enthusiasm the producer an English guy called Micheal Yorke sent me lot's of extra still photo's of the filming & a synopsis on the film here are the photos:

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/kullukid/Hol...key=WYAypgWFYtg

Here's a clip of the film

Here's some reviews:

57 WORD SYNOPSIS.

Filmmaker Michael Yorke sets off on a pilgrimage across the high Himalayas in the company

of two Hindu ascetics. His aim is to understand their extraordinary life of devotion and

extreme penance, but the journey forces Michael to confront his own spiritual path. Will he

end up on the side of the wise men or the fools?

137 WORD SYNOPSIS.

Filmmaker Michael Yorke sets off on a pilgrimage across the high Himalayas. His guides are

Uma, a retired Swedish model who has spent 25 years seeking enlightenment, and Vasisht,

a charismatic young Indian holy man. Together they wander the mountains, living in the

caves and huts of reclusive mystics who have sacrificed all on their path to God.

Michael’s aim is to understand this extraordinary life of devotion and extreme penance, but

Uma and Vasisht feel their esoteric secrets should not be divulged to foolish outsiders. As

friendship develops, Michael is forced to confront his own spiritual path; can he trade his

western logic and reason for faith and intuition?

After his rare and intimate glimpse into the hidden world of Hindu asceticism, will Michael

end up on the side of the wise men or the fools?

290-WORD SYNOPSIS.

Award-winning filmmaker Michael Yorke sets off on a life-affirming pilgrimage across the

high Himalayas. His guides are Uma Giri, a 63-year old Swedish ex-model who has spent

25 years seeking enlightenment, and Vasisht Giri, a charismatic young Indian holy man.

Together they go on a pilgrimage of self-discovery into the mountains. They climb to the

source of India’s holiest rivers, and live in the caves and huts of reclusive mystics who have

sacrificed everything on their path to God.

Michael’s aim is to understand this extraordinary life of devotion and extreme penance, but

it’s not straightforward. While Uma is happy to talk about the traumatic history that

brought her to the Himalayas, Vasisht is reluctant to divulge his past. He feels that the

esoteric secrets he has worked so hard to discover should not be shared with foolish

outsiders. Michael has to prove his worth.

The rigours of the journey reveal just how much self-sacrifice and discipline are involved in

this route to enlightenment. Eventually, Vasisht begins to open up, and Michael comes to

understand the inner strength acquired through asceticism.

As the friendship develops, Michael is forced to confront his own spiritual path; is he able to

trade his western logic and reason for faith and intuition?

‘Holy Men and Fools’ is an intimately observed authored documentary. The film provides us

access to the inner experience of one of the most extreme and arduous religious disciplines

in the world. Through Uma and Vasisht, we come to understand the motives and rewards of

those who commit to a life of extreme devotion.

After his rare and intimate glimpse into the hidden world of Hindu asceticism, will Michael

end up on the side of the wise men or the fools?

Holy Men And Fools, Synopses & Notes page 2

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

This is a deeply personal film exploring a subject that I have always found fascinating –

how people satisfy their inner spiritual needs. It is a story of deep faith. It follows the

search for ultimate truth in one of the most radical religious disciplines in the world, and

the rewards that it brings to those capable of submission to the will of God.

As an anthropologist I have spent my life studying Indian culture. I have made

numerous films for television - for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, CNN in the USA and

NHK in Japan.

I have won many awards for my films including the Golden Gate Award for best

documentary in 1992, the Royal Television Society Award for Best Team Production in

2002, the BBC Asia Award in 2002, UN Environmental Program Award in 1996 and the

National Geographic Earthwatch Award in 1990.

As an anthropologist I have spent my life studying Indian culture. I have made

numerous films for television broadcast on the BBC, the UK Channel Four, CNN in the

USA and Japan's NHK, among others.

PRODUCTION NOTES

"Shooting with Holy Men"

Hindu holy men live by the sun and the stars, rather than the clock and the calendar. Their life is unruly

and totally in tuitive. They carry no maps and chart no history. At a moment’s whim they will up and go.

They are not an easy subject for the camera, but when they do open up the results are startling.

My previous experience filming with holy men allowed me unique access to their esoteric practices and

traditions, but didn’t prepare me for the rigours of this journey. We slept in caves, begged for our food

and climbed from the boiling heat of the Indian plains into snow-capped peaks at over 14,000 feet in the

Himalayas.

To shoot this film I had to be a one-man team with a Sony PD150, a tripod and a solar battery -charger

strapped over my backpack. For 18 days everything had to be carried by a local porter and myself.. This

way of filming developed an intense intimacy with my travelling partners, and provoked the most

unexpected responses in myself.

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Butbaba    0

Hi you guys, I have been in touch with Kullukid who tells me you have been talking about the film I made called "Holy Men and Fools". Guess what I am the fool and I had great fun wandering round the Himalayas for 5 weeks with a wise young sadhu from the Juna Akhara called Vasisht Giri. I took my camera with me and have made a 71 minute film. Kullukid thinks its great, which makes me very happy. If anyone is interested in it please send me a personal message and I will get back to you guys (and girls).

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Welcome to the tree Butbaba..

I saw the youtube clip and was royally impressed by the quick view there. I am heavily jealous of you for your feat. Hope to catch up more often here and hear about your adventures, tales on how it all began and how you pulled it through :-)

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kullukid    1

Poppaji, I have been corresponding with the producer of the film Butbaba by email, he just sent me an email of all the films he's made in India for U.K. T.V. & the list is very impressive. He says he first hitched overland to India in '62 the year I was born! I'm sure he won't mind if I post a copy of his email, so here it is:

Shanti oh Kullikid, now I know who you are in this illusory existence. That’s truly great. I have now posted replies to both your postings. Many, many thanks. This is the first time I have ever got involved in such forums. So now you are my guru

Just thought that I would let you know about lots of other films that I have made on similar subjects that might interest you and your friends. I have spent my life filming in India for BBC and Channel 4. I have attached a list of my films, but I think you would really like the six and a half hour series that I did on the 2001 Maha Kumbh Mela for C4 called “The Greatest Show on Earth”. Also the I hour film that I did for BBC on the 1989 Maha Kumbh Mela called “Dust and Ashes”. You would also like the film that I made on the Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram called “Sadhus : The Living God”. You would also love the film I made on the Hijras called “Eunuchs : India’s Third Gender”. You might also like the film that I made on a Japanese Tendai Buddhist monk called “The Marathon Monk of Mount Hiei”. I have also made a load of films about other tribal peoples mainly in India.

CV Dr. Michael Yorke page 1 Thursday, 19 July 2007

Mike Yorke’s filmography

1974 “The People Of The Rice Pot”, a 73 minutes low budget

ethnographic film shot over 18 months while doing Ph.D.

fieldwork among the Ho tribe of India. Still used as a classic

educational film in universities.

1981 “The Muria” and “The Raj Gonds” Two 50 minute ethnographic film for Chris Curling of the BBC 2 “Worlds

Apart” series on Indian tribes.

1983 “Dossers”, an extraordinarily intimate 54 minute study, based on four months living on the streets of London

with vagrant alcoholics. “Controversial and insightful”. For Chris Curling at BBC 2 “Worlds Apart”.

1984 “Muslims In Britain”, a 50 minute film for Faroukh Dhondy at Channel Four giving British Muslims editorial

control about the problems of being Islamic fundamentalists in a secular society.

1985-6 “Alamelu’s Illness” and “Laying On Of Hands” and “Inner Journey”, three 50 minutes documentaries for

Michael Croucher on BBC 2’s “Healing Arts” series. Healing people is as much about skill and artistry as about

scientific know-how.

1988 “Taking The Heat”, a 50 minute film for Paul Watson and Chris Curling on peasants working in the dark satanic

mills of the Indian steel industry for BBC 2’s “Under the Sun” series.

1989 “Dust And Ashes”, a 50 minute look at the profound faith of Hinduism that leads 15 million people to the

world’s largest human gathering - the great Kumbh Mela pilgrimage In India, with Chris Curling and Naresh Bedi,

for BBC 2’s “Under the Sun” series.

1990 “the Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei”,a Japanese Buddhist monk who spent seven years walking a distance

greater than the earth’s circumference to realise his own Buddhahood, for Denis Whyte and Marie Thomson at

Channel Four, UK.

1991 “Eunuchs : India’s Third Gender”,an intimate film about three Indian men, who decided they had the “soul of

a woman” and got themselves castrated. One was the “Empress Eunuch”, head of Rajasthan’s 1,200 strong

Eunuch sect; for Chris Curling at BBC 2’s “Under the Sun” series.

1993 “The Living God”, a portrait of India’s most important holy man or ‘sadhu’, and his role in guiding the great

Hindu revival in Indian politics. A Denis Whyte Film for BBC 2, ZDF, Canal Plus and Premiere Channel.

1994 “Forest Of Dreams”, a travel/adventure documentary following the dreams of five eccentrics, who left Europe

after the Second World War to pioneer new lives in the Amazon rainforest in French Guyana, with André Singer

of Café Productions and GEO Film GmbH, Berlin for Discovery Channel, ZDF and Canal Plus.

1995 “The End of Eden”,a 50 minute exposé of the horrific genocide of the Marsh Arab people of the Southern Iraq

and the destruction of one of the world’s great wetland ecosystems, with André Singer of Café Productions for

Carlton Television, Discovery Television and the European Community MedMedia Fund. Shot in Iran.

1998 “Ray Mears’ World of Survival : The Coromandel Coast” a 29 minute journey with Ray Mears to find out

how the fishermen of the East coast of India, who invented the catamaran, survive on the palmyra palm, for BBC

Pebble Mill.

1999 “Khajuraho : Divine Ecstasy”, a 30 minute corporate video on the story behind the erotic sculptures on the

World Heritage Hindu Temples of central India and their preservation for the Hamlyn Foundation

1999 “Medicine Men : Siberia”, a 60 minute journey following the explorer, Benedict Allan, searching for the world’s

greatest shamans in wilderness of southern Siberia for Selim Salam at the CPU, BBC 2.

2000 “Peoples’ Planet : What Price Nature?”, a 52 minute environmental film on the need to factor the price of

nature’s free services into the global economic balance sheet. Shot in six countries, Kenya, South Africa, Costa

Rica, Bahamas, USA, on high definition with Mick Csàky and Carol Haslam at Antelope The Films for CNN,

2001 “Kumbh Mela : The Greatest Show on Earth”, a series of nineteen ‘as-if-live’ broadcast events from the Maha

Kumbh Mela Hindu pilgrimage on the Ganges River in India; dubbed ‘the largest human gathering on earth’. I

devised, directed and shot it with a team of 63. Produced by Denis Whyte of Rex Mundi Films for Channel Four.

2003 “The Tallest Story”, a series of 6x5 minute animated shorts using tribal artists to animate their indigenous folk

stories for Scottish Screen and West Highland Animation.

2004 “Holy Men and Fools”, a 72 minute profound insight into the mystical world of the Hindu ascetics living in caves

in the high Himalayas. Currently under production for Upside Films.

CV Dr. Michael Yorke page 2 Thursday, 19 July 2007

2005- 7 Director of Oxford Academy of Documentary Film(see www.oadf.co.uk). Lead tutor and instructor in the use

of digital filmmaking skills for social scientists. Running 4 day workshops, mainly with PhD students, at Oxford,

SOAS, Sussex and University College of London.

my tv awards

2002 “KUMBH MELA : THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH”,ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY PROGRAMME

AWARD – Best Team Production.

ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY CRAFT AND DESIGN AWARD – Best Multi-camera Work. BBC ASIA AWARD

for ‘Achievement in Media’.

THE RELIGIOUS BROADCASTING PREMIER AWARD, Best Religious Programme BAFTA EDITING AWARD,

Nomination. ONE WORLD AWARD AND INDIES AWARD.

1996 “END OF EDEN” United Nations ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM AWARD

1992 “EUNUCHS : INDIA’S THIRD GENDER”San Francisco GOLDEN GATE AWARD

1990 “DUST AND ASHES” National Geographic EARTHWATCH AWARD

1983 “DOSSERS”selected by the BBC for BAFTA FLAHERTY AWARD

résumé

. After hitch-hiking to India in 1962 and becoming a professional stills photographer, I specialised in the

anthropological study of South Asia. I wrote an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. thesis and did post doctoral research on

Indian tribals. My book and several articles were published. As an academic I was involved in visual

anthropology and shot and edited my own film, which has become an educational classic. I am an active

member of the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Committee. Drawn into professional film-making, I became

part of the BBC Anthropology Unit. My first film, “Dossers”, was entered for the BAFTA Awards by the BBC.

Over the last 22 years I have developed an increasing professionalism in many styles of television documentary,

such as live event television, presented programmes, observational, fly-on-the-wall, corporate film and

authoured documentaries. I have worked both in small teams of 2 people and once as a Series Director with a

team of 67 people. I have received many major awards, the Earthwatch Award, the Golden Gate Award, the

Royal Television Society and the BBC Asia Award. I am also the director of the Oxford Academy of

Documentary Film that runs workshops in digital filmmaking skills for social scientists.

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mmasou    0

Hello Dear Friends,

I stumbled on this movie "Holy Men & Fools", actually on Youtube I saw something similar, which might be the same movie, a 6-series youtube video set called :

Journey of a Saint - Himalaya 1

Journey of a Saint - Himalaya 2

Journey of a Saint - Himalaya 3

Journey of a Saint - Himalaya 4

Journey of a Saint - Himalaya 5

Journey of a Saint - Himalaya 6

just input one of those in the youtube search to find it easily.

I've been interested into these kind of ideas since a little while now, and it would be great to have this full movie "Holy Men & Fools" but unfortunately I cannot find it anywhere. Your post shows true dedication to this filmmaker and I would like to get in touch with you if possible. If there is a way for me to get my hands on this movie, and the other movies as well, I would be ever greatful.

I tried to message you and the filmmaker but the forum denied me from doing that, for some odd reason,

so I am simply leaving you my email address:

mark.masou at mail.com

Hoping to hear from you soon :lol:

Mark

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Butbaba    0

I see there are a number of you who want to see a copy of the film that I made called "Holy Men and Fools". If you do then please email me at mike@upsidefilms.co.uk.

I hope this message works I am a bit confused as to how to reply to perrennialthoughts message about my film. I am an old guy and not so computer literate.

Aum Shanti to all, ButBaba

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dharmi    0

This is a WONDERFUL DVD - and I am trying for months to purchase my own copy(s) - please share your information how to order!!! thanks!

Dharmi

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