THE HUMAN TOWER
Three countries. One passion. Three hundred bodies climbing, reaching the sky to build a human tower. In Mumbai, India, a team of men attempt to break the record and build India's biggest human tower at the one-day Dahi Handi Festival. In Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain, a group of "castellers" (or climbers) formed by men, women and children share their passion with the world following a tradition that goes back 400 years. A legendary coach takes his passion to Santiago, Chile, hoping to empower and help the local groups to improve their performances, while unifying them as a community. The film cuts between the three countries, leading to a major climatic scene that will take your breath away and keep you on the edge of your seat. All it takes is one shaky foot and the human tower falls, sending hundreds of bodies tumbling in the rain or into the mud or onto the crumbling pavement of a forgotten neighborhood. A passion beyond race, borders, and ages. A global story of fearless skills and the heart-bounding suspense of immense human towers.
Human towers are medicine for the soul. You risk your life for a moment of sublime camaraderie and community. Trust is paramount. Building human towers is more than a quirky attraction, more than an international sport and more than a refuge for lost youth. It's more even than a thirst for the glory of winning. A human tower, when done right, represents an unparalleled passion for human connection that goes beyond race, borders, and ages. In this sense, the world's best human tower builders represent all of us all people, all communities, all nations in our hope for a better future.
Ages 10+ / USA, 2012 / Hindi, English and Spanish with subtitles / Dir: Ram Devineni and Cano Rojas / 75 mins.
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