219 Reborn in Westphalia

Reborn in Westphalia (219)

13:30, Wednesday 01st July, Theatre B

  • Director: Melanie Liebheit (GER)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 88'
  • Format: Digibeta, PAL

In the middle of a German province the tireless priest Sri Paskaran built the biggest Tamil Hindu temple in Europe. In 2002, he inaugurated it amidst industrial plants in the Westphalian village Hamm-Uentrop. The film accompanies the priest in his busy daily routine and during his arrangements for the annual temple festival expecting 20.000 believers. In the neighborhood, the locals cultivate their own traditions. Irene sells fast-food sausages in the local snack-bar and farmer Externbrink meanwhile has got a holy cow in his barn. An encounter of two universes full of contrast.

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