Documentary Screening: Kali Yuga Chants

VTIFF screening: Kali Yuga Chants follows “Uncle” and “Aunty”, a mixed-race couple living in India, and the 35 children they’re raising in a makeshift foster family. The film chronicles the kids’ transformation from begging in the streets and picking through garbage, to learning meditation and math, karate and cooking. The kids become expert chanters of Hinduism’s ancient Vedic mantras, which, ironically helps them to break free from the caste and gender stigma of their births, but still brings backlash from the established elite. Filmed over ten years, complex characters and plot twists raise questions central to the human condition.

Note: film starts at 2:45 followed by Q and A by filmmaker (UVM prof Nilima Abrams)