João Canziani demonstrates his brilliant vision as Director and Cinematographer in the release of two new films, Pehelwani and Metropol, viewable here.

Pehelwani, a film by João Canziani.

The story of a group of young men that practice the ancient art of “pehelwan,” or mud wrestling, at the Bhuteshwar Akhara in the town of Mathura, India. We witness the strict yet ultimately joyous way these men live, the tight bond they have with each other, and the reverence for the soil they wrestle upon.

Pehelwani premiered worldwide at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, CA in April, 2017 and has been screened at the Brooklyn Film Festival and New Orleans Film Festival, among others.


Metropol, a film by João Canziani.

After taking a strange call in her hotel room, a young woman searches for her caller on the streets and underground train stations of Moscow.