Pearl of the Desert

India, South Korea / 2019 / documentary / 82' / DocFilmMusic Competition

The Manganiars are a Moslem community that lives primarily in the desert of Rajasthan and is famous for its musical heritage. For centuries it could thrive thanks to rich patrons. Extremely talented 12-year-old Mori has a dream to perform in front of a bigger audience. One day, he gets an opportunity to go abroad for the first time. Combining an ethnographic observation with a creative documentary, the film tells the story of the clash between tradition, cultivated for generations, and modernity.

directed by
Pushpendra SinghQ&A guest

Studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune - where he is now a visiting faculty member - and at the 2011 Berlin Talent Campus. He played a lead role in “The Man’s Woman and Other Stories” (2009) - a Special Mention in the Orizzonti section at Venice FF. He also acted in Maximilian Linz’s German feature “Ich will mich nicht künstlich aufregen” (2014), screened at Berlin FF. His debut feature as a director “Lajwanti” (2014) was premiered at Berlin FF. “Ashwatthama” (2017), his second feature, was premiered at Busan IFF in New Currents section.

Ravi Kiran Ayyagari
Pushpendra Singh
Pushpendra Singh, Reema Kaur
Heejung Oh
Pearl of the Desert