One Crazy Ride (2008)

More seat-of-your-pants unfeasibly-overloaded Royal Enfield high-altitude Himalayan madness from Gaurav Jani, one of the legends of the genre.

There is an unwritten credo at the festival that ‘anyone can do this’ and we work hard to promote that notion. However, every now and then someone comes along to contradict that premise. Gaurav Jani is not just another average guy. He is a gifted multi-award winning film-maker, a profoundly deep thinker and two-wheeled philosopher. When someone like this makes a travel film, we should watch it.

This movie follows a motorcycle expedition on uncharted roads across the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh, situated in North-east India. But more than that, it’s a study of friendship, camaraderie and the quiet humility of five motorcyclists in the face of unforgiving terrain and massive luggage overload.

With the same format as Jani’s masterpiece Riding Solo To The Top Of The World and like all films at this festival, shot with no back-up vehicle or film crew, we see parts of India hardly seen, filmed or explored.  The documentary captures the interactions and experiences of the riders who are trying to chart a route, which according to everyone else, does not exist.

Colour video  87 mins