Winter Adventure Series

The Ganges, from source to sea

Feb 09, 2018
Dudes on Media filmmakers J.J. Kelley and Josh Thomas row into the ancient and holy Hindu city of Varanasi (Benares).

Belfast — The Come Boating! Winter Adventure Series continues Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of the adventure documentary “Go Ganges!” (2012, India) in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. Come Boating!, Belfast’s community boating organization, and the city’s library are cosponsoring this event, which is free and open to the public,

“Go Ganges!” follows two friends, television producers and adventure travelers Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley, on an epic adventure down India’s sacred river, the Ganges. Together, they journey from the source glacier of the river in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, where it empties into the Indian Ocean. And they do it rather unconventionally — traveling on foot, cycle-rickshaw, rowboat and anything else that moves.

Battling hardships unimaginable to most, the friends test their limits on the planet’s most populated, polluted and holy river. The adventurers provide a colorful testimony to the distress the river endures … and why it merits reprieve as an irreplaceable emblem.

After the screening, filmmaker Kelley will join viewers via Skype for a discussion and to answer questions. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

The Winter Adventure Series will continue March 20 at 6:30 p.m. Camden author W. Hodding Carter will give an illustrated talk titled The Arnold Expedition, about his recent voyage in a replica 18th-century bateau to retrace Benedict Arnold's 1775 expedition to sack Quebec City for the Continental Army.

The series will conclude Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. with film screening of “Losing Sight of Shore” (2017, USA/Australia/Samoa/UK), a documentary film by Sarah Moshman about the extraordinary journey of four brave women that set out to row the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia. This special screening is made possible with support from Front Street Shipyard.

For more information, call the library or visit belfastlibrary.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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