Despite the torrential deluge, massive flooding and loss of life, there is a palpable sense of elation amongst those who experience the “burst” of the Indian Monsoon. Instead of evacuation and war-like preparations, the first rain of the season marks a great celebration across India.
From June to September, the monsoon accounts for 80 percent of India’s annual rainfall and provides the main source of fresh water for millions of people. A robust monsoon could flood homes and cause death, but a weak monsoon could mean failed crops and the whole country dying of starvation.
By capturing this amazing climatic phenomenon, MONSOON – the film – will deliver a whole new perspective on violent weather. We will combine the beauty of Koyaaniskatsi, the action of Perfect Storm and the occasional Hindu god to create a unique televisual experience.
In a bold attempt to do what many poets and adventurers have tried in the past: we will ride the Monsoon – the idea being to document the onset of the first rains and the spiritual and physical high that comes with it. As the winds travel from town to town, filming this beast of a storm will not be easy. Our plan is ambitious – to be at the right time at the right place – but our trajectory is well defined. Employing the same tricks used by Jacques Perrin in Peuple Migrateur, we will install several film crews at various locations to ensure that we capture the geographic and cultural diversity of the single event window, in this case the summer monsoon.