The Film

Mountain, Priest, Son

A short Himalayan documentary on the metaphysics and morality of risk in the face of socio-environmental change

Set in one of India’s most sacred and geologically fragile mountain landscapes, the film brings alive the everyday experiences, beliefs and hopes of a priest, his wife, and their 22-year-old son who survived a great flood not long ago. Through their story, we explore a traditional society’s understanding of its own vulnerability and resilience in the face of dramatic environmental change on the one hand and the rapid intrusion of modernity, urbanism and consumerism on the other.


Mountain, Priest, Son Film Still 2

Original title: पर्वत, पुरोहित, पुत्र  | Language: Hindi, Garhwali
Production year: 2018 | Running time: 27 minutes | Format: HD 16:9


Kaushal Chandra Purohit
Beni Prasad Purohit
Pushpa Devi
Deerghayu Prasad Bhatt
Beera Devi

Directed by

John Seddon & Vaibhav Kaul

Produced by

Vaibhav Kaul

Project supported by

Festival of the Mind 2018
The University of Sheffield

Project co-supported by

Culture, Space and Difference Research Cluster
Department of Geography, The University of Sheffield

Initial field research supported by

Dudley Stamp Memorial Award
Royal Geographical Society with IBG


Read about the research project behind the film…