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Monsoon has been named the People’s Choice Award winner at TIFF’s annual Canadian Top Ten Film Festival.

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Monsoon is India’s main source of fresh water. Despite the torrential deluge, massive flooding and loss of life, there is a palpable sense of elation as the monsoon storm clouds arrive. Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama, The Mystery of The Monsoon is a cinematic exploration of the force of the monsoon and its unpredictability. With people’s very existence dependent on the monsoon, meteorology occupies a special place in India but even with satellite imagery and powerful computer models, scientists struggle to more accurately predict it. 

Filmed across the Indian sub-continent and charting the huge system's path as it surges toward and gradually engulfs every region of the country, The Mystery of the Monsoon introduces us to a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon. There are the meteorologists, who seek to contain the monsoon within an explanatory net of scientific analysis and rational forecast; there are the farmers and fishermen, who depend on and contend with the system's godlike, life-and-death caprices; there are the citizens of Mumbai, where the monsoon's arrival is felt from the slums to the stock market to the dreamscapes of the Bollywood film; there are the nature conservationists who are concerned with the monsoon's impact on the country's endangered species; and there is the ordinary Indian family, for whom the annual deluge is part of a rhythmic cycle, at moments unfathomably cruel and joyously affirming.

Some call monsoon the greatest show on earth

A cinematic journey into the terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing and breathtaking landscapes on earth, The Mystery of the Monsoon is a film that captures the timelessness and rich human drama of our engagement with the natural world.

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The Nature of Things
With David Suzuki
The Mystery of the Monsoon

written, produced & directed by 
Sturla Gunnarsson

produced by
Ina Fichman

Luc Martin-Gousset
director of Photography 
Van Royko

Nick Hector CCE
Amanda Strachan

original music 
Andrew T. Mackay
location sound
Brice Picard

assistant camera / data management
Ari Gunnarsson

sound designer
Sylvain Bellemare

sound re-recording mixers
Bernard Gariépy Strobl
Luc  Boudrias
line producers
Olivier Pelenc
Christine Rocheleau

production services and location fixer
Amit Vachharajani – Backpack Films

Bruno Bucher
production supervisor - India
Shernaz Italia

location research and production
Jay Bajaj

location managers
Abhra Bhattacharya
Rajesh Prabhakar
Rajiv Acharya – Speaking Tree
Charmaine Carvalho
Swapna David
Flavie Halais
Terry Foxman

Toby Sinclair
additional photography
Ari Gunnarsson
German Gutierrez

additonal assistant camera
Daniel Duranleau
additional sound
Kevin Pinto
Godly Timo Koshy

stills photographers
Ari Gunnarsson
Van Royko
Intuitive Pictures

production supervisor
Constance Cook

production coordinator
Ethan Maharaj
Rita Lamah

Claude Desrochers
Jeanne d’Arc Mukashema
Paola Palacios

additional production manager
Agata De Santis
Monsoon Ontario

production executive
Judy Koonar

Point du Jour

head of production
Armel Parisot
Olivier Pelenc
technical director
Benoit Breault

Charles Boileau

on-line editor & visual effects artist
Guillaume Pelletier
dialogue editing
Samuel Gagnon-Thibodeau

additional SFX editing
Mathieu Beaudin

“Rimjhim Gire Sawan”
mukhda from the film “MANZIL”

Gottam Saikia
additional music
Monsoon Malabar performed by Bombay Dub Orchestra
written, arranged & produced by Garry Hughes & Andrew T. Mackay

Monsoon Malabar
Bombay Dub Orchestra
written, arranged and produced by Garry Hughes and Andrew T. Mackay
published by Six Degrees Music (ASCAP)
courtesy of Six Degrees Records
(p) 2008 Six Degrees Records
ISRC: US6DR0801326
Front Row Insurance

financial institution
National Bank of Canada

legal services
Lussier Khouzam
produced with the participation of





with the support of
Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée

with the assistance of
La PROCIREP - Société des Producteurs

ISAN #  0000-0003-EE55-0000-H-0000-0000-N   (LOGO)
produced in association with
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


senior producer
FM Morrison

executive producer
Sue Dando
ARTE France
unité découverte et connaissance
Hélène Coldefy
Catherine Alvaresse

a Canada – France Co-production

Point du Jour

Monsoon Ontario


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©2014 Intuitive Pictures II inc. a subsidiary of Intuitive Pictures – Point du Jour – ARTE France – Monsoon Ontario

for the nature of things

online editing
Adam Champ

associate director
Renée Moreau

unit production manager
June Hall
senior manager
Documentary Unit
Wilma Alexander

senior producers
FM Morrison
Caroline Underwood
for the nature of things

executive producer
Sue Dando

executive director
Documentary Programming
Mark Starowicz
The Nature of Things
with David Suzuki

produced by
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


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