James (Jim) Mallinson and Enrico (Chicco) Patuzzi share two passions: paragliding and the religious culture of India. The men combine these interests together in an aerial pilgrimage to the ancient temple of Himani Chamunda, the presiding goddess of the Kangra Valley. Perched at 2,800 metres on a rocky spur, all previous pilgrims have had to make an arduous trek to reach the temple. Temples in the Clouds chronicles their attempt to fly there. But the goddess is not easily appeased, and their skills, endurance, faith and commitment are tested to the limit.
[director]Jim Mallinson and Chicco Patuzzi are uniquely qualified for their mission. Jim, a Sanskrit scholar by profession, is both fluent Hindi speaker and a British team pilot. Chicco, a paragliding instructor, is one of the world’s foremost acrobatic pilots. Both have spent years living and travelling in India. [/director]