Wheel of Time, Werner Herzog (2003)

Werner Herzog and half a million Buddhists journey to Bodh Gaya to observe Kalachakra, the Buddhist ritual where Tibetan Buddhist monks are ordained. The spectacle is overwhelming and humbling, and Herzog very rarely editorializes, directly or indirectly. Mostly, he just points his Steadicam at something amazing and lets it roll: monks in surgical masks making a mandala grain by grain, devotees making their way to Bodh Gaya overland on their hands and knees, a sea of pillows left behind after a service led by the Dalai Lama. Voyeuristic but not disrespectful, and fully irresistible.

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