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Synopsis: Riders of the Mist is a documentary about a century old bareback pony racing tradition in the state of Assam, India. The ponies are free-grazing and live in the grassland river islands of the Brahmaputra Valley. They come and participate in the annual racing event of a colonial era planters club in Jorhat, Assam. This documentary is a portrayal of the races as they unfold, the jockeys and their lives and these ponies that become part of the tradition every year. The heavy mist that hovers over Jorhat during this time of the year is a fitting backdrop for this quirky phenomenon that has a fleeting presence for a few days every year and is gone almost as soon as it arrives.


Equestrian, Documentary

Run Time

65 minutes

Directed by

Roopa Barua

Official selection

EQUUS Film Festival - USA

Country of Origin


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