Believer with Reza Aslan
Location: Redstone Theater
With Reza Aslan in conversation with John Fugelsang
2017. 60 mins. Digital projection. Produced by Whalerock Industries. Executive producers Reza Aslan, Lloyd Braun, Liz Bronstein and Chris Cowan.The new CNN Original Series Believer with Reza Aslan follows the best-selling author and scholar of religions as he immerses himself in customs and faith rituals around the globe. In the six-part spiritual adventure series, Aslan explores Ultra-Orthodox Judaism in Israel, Scientology in the United States, Hindu asceticism in India, Vodou in Haiti, Santa Muerte in Mexico, and an apocalyptic doomsday cult in Hawaii.
In this special preview episode, “Aghori Sadhus in India,” Aslan journeys to the holy city of Varanasi, India’s famed “City of the Dead,” where the Ganges River is lit by the funeral fires of dozens of crematoriums. There, he enters the world of the Aghori, a sect of Hindus who reject traditional Karmic notions of purity and pollution, where he participates in a series of local rituals, visits a modern day leper colony, and engages in a purification ceremony in the Ganges.
Following the screening, Aslan will participate in a conversation with comedian and broadcaster John Fugelsang.
Admission is free. RSVP here. All reserved tickets are released on a first-come, first-served basis; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Believer with Reza Aslan premieres on CNN on Sunday, March 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.