Poet, publisher, photographer, world travelerr and filmaker Ira Cohen (1935-2011) was one of the pioneers of the American counterculture. He edited the legendary underground magazine San Francisco Oracle and was a close friend of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin.
In 1998 he released "Kings with Straw Mats", a documentary filmed in Haridwar (India) at the Maha Kumbha Mela in 1986, documenting the fascinating world of Hindu wandering sadhus, with their ancient traditions and extreme ascetic practices. Ira films the holy men, mingle with them and often joyously partakes in their herbaceous sacrements... At the end he makes a pooja (offering) to the memory and soul of Julian Beck, founder of the Living Theatre...
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