Writer-director Paula Fouce travels into the godly universe of India's 13 million yogis, observing without judging and noticing without advertising. At apparently any time in his life, an Indian boy or man might decide to become a yogi, a spiritual seeker who trains under a guru to live in the service of God and other beings. A yogi's life is characterized chiefly by the renunciation of the material world, and not merely belongings but also shelter, food, clothing, and often physical comfort of any kind. Some yogis live alone, high in the Himalayas, and meditate. Others move from place to place to avoid attachment or comfort. They depend on donations for food. The film is an honest and humble piece of work, but it's also a snooze. The problem is that Naked in Ashes never explicates what happens inside a yogi's mind. We see plenty of footage of their acts of devotion, but we never hear about what meditation is like, or how a yogi does it. The result is a companionable film, but not a deep one.
Director: Paula Fouce
Writer: Paula Fouce, William Haugse and Lisa Leeman
Cast: Santosh Giri, Shiv Raj Giri and Raman Giri