FIELD RECORDINGS

explorations of
contemporary
anthropological cinema
and landscape film

Forest of Bliss

Robert Gardner
1986, 86’, USA, 35mm to HD, no dialogue

Marking a radical shift in anthropological cinema, Forest of Bliss is an experiential account of religious rituals and death in Benares, India. The film unfolds from one sunrise to the next without commentary, subtitles or dialogue. Visual anthropologist Robert Gardner worked at Harvard University as the director of the Film Study Center from 1956 to 1997.