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USA, 2011, 84 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Religious, Social IssuesLanguage: English
DIRECTOR: Vikram Gandhi
Producer: Bryan Carmel, Brendan ColthurstEditor: Adam Barton, Nathan RussellCinematographer: Kahlil HudsonPrincipal Cast: Vikram Gandhi, Purva Bedi, Kristen CalgaroUS Distributor: Kino Lorber
MUST END Thursday, July 19th at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax
Digital presentation - Kumaré is a wise guru from the East who indoctrinated a group of followers in the West. Kumaré, however, is not real – he is the alter ego of American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi who impersonated a spiritual leader for the sake of a social experiment designed to challenge one of the most widely accepted taboos: that only a tiny “1%” can connect the rest of the world to a higher power. Concealing his true identity from everyone he meets, Kumaré forges profound and spiritual connections with people from all walks of life. At the same time, in the absurdity of living as an entirely different person, Vikram, the filmmaker, is forced to confront difficult questions about his own identity. At the height of his popularity, Kumaré unveils his true identity to a core group of disciples who are knee-deep in personal transformation. Will they accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? “Kumare,” at once playful and profound, is an insightful look at faith and belief.
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