Cast & Crew



Mary Lampson is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and editor. Lampson co edited the Academy Award–wining documentary Harlan County, USA and acted as an editor on many other independently produced documentary features. She has worked with Emile de Antonio, Ricky Leacock, and D.A. Pennebaker. She also produced and directed Until She Talks. This 40-minute dramatic film was produced independently and then acquired by the PBS series American Playhouse. Recent projects include A Lion in the House (Steven Bognar and Julia Reickert), Rain In a Dry Land and We Still Live Here (Anne Makepeace), Trouble the Water (Tia Lessin and Carl Deal), Kimjonglilia (NC Heikin), Camp Victory, Afganistan (Carol Dysinger), Queen of Versailles (Lauren Greenfield), and The Message (Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein). She has been both a fellow and advisor at the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Editing and Story Lab and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.




Sniadecki, a filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, produces work at the intersection of cinema and ethnography. His films screen at festivals such as the Berlinale, the New York Film Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival, and have received several awards, including the Joris Ivens Award at Cinema du Reel for Chaiqian/Demolition (2008), a Jury Award at FICUNAM for Yumen (2013), as well as a Golden Leopard and a Special Jury Prize at the Locarno for Foreign Parts (2010), co-directed with Verena Paravel. His most recent documentary, People’s Park (2012) co-directed with Libbie Cohn, won the Best Anthropological Film award at Festival dei Popoli and Best Cinematography award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and had its New York City premiere at New Directors/New Films. Sniadecki is also founder of Emergent Visions, a film series that screens new independent cinema from China.



Sound Mixer

Karel has edited and mixed sound for numerous films, including Sweetgrass (2009), Foreign Parts (2010), Leviathan (2012), People’s Park (2012), and Yumen (2013). Ernst Karel is Lecturer on Anthropology, Assistant Director of the Film Study Center, and Lab Manager for the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University.

Full Cast & Crew


Shreela Chakrabartty

Gordana Zivkovic


Sanskrit Translations

Neil Dalal


Tamil Translations

Nagy Nageswaran

Ashwini Srinivasan



Doris Baizley

Surya Tahora

Neema Majmudar

Jeff Marcello

Janani Cleary

Anantanand Rambachan


Distribution Outreach

Francine Cavanaugh



Geoffrey Albores


Supported by

Hartley Film Foundation

University of Alberta 

Killam Research Fund

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Maanaw Seva Association

Public Media, Inc.


Main Cast

Swami Dayananda Saraswati
D.S. Raman
Aditya Gurtu
Swamini Ramananda
Neema Majmudar
Surya Tahora
N. Venkiteswar Iyer


Directed by

Jillian Elizabeth


Neil Dalal


Edited by

Mary Lampson


Cinematography by

J.P. Sniadecki


Jillian Elizabeth


Sound Editing & Mix

Ernst Karel


Produced by

Jillian Elizabeth 


Color Correction & Online services

Joe Owens

Presto Digital


Location Sound

Neil Dalal

Anthony O’Leary


Post-production Assistant 

Jaimie Clements