By the The river


Stretching along the river Ganges rests Varanasi, the holiest of India’s seven sacred cities, and a place where devout Hindus go to die in hopes of achieving moksha – becoming liberated from the cycle of rebirth. Several so-called ‘death hotels’ exist to accommodate believers who abandon their lives and come here in wait for death – some for as long as 40 years.


  • Directed by
    Dan Braga Ulvestad
  • Produced by
    Charu Menon
  • Cinematographer
    Caleb Ware


Best Short Director – Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2020

Best Short Doc – Moscow Shorts 2020

Official Selections:
Energa Camerimage 2020
DocEdge, 2020
St Kilda Film Festival, 2020 (Nominated for 3 Awards including ‘Best Documentary’)
Euregion Film Festival 2020
Antenna Film Festival 2019
Nordic Docs 2020
Ozdox Documentary Festival 2019
UNAFF 2020
DocsMX 2020
Jacksonville Film Festival 2021
Golden Tree Documentary Film Festival
Internationale Grenzland-Filmtage 2021

ABC – Australia in March 2020

Other Accolades:
Young Directors Award – Shortlist
Gold Tripod at National ACS Awards 2020
Silver for Editing at Oslo International Film Festival 2019

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