Kūmāré

Kūmāré

Streaming Video - 2011
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Kumař is an enlightened guru from the East who builds a following of disciples in the West. But Kumař is not real. He is an American filmmaker named Vikram Gandhi, who has transformed himself into Kumař as the centerpiece of a social experiment designed to explore and test one of the world's most sacred taboos.Concealing his true identity from all he meets, Kumař forges profound, spiritual connections with real 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 he reveals his greatest teaching: his true self. A playful yet genuine and insightful look at belief and spirituality, the film crosses a line few have dared to cross, that from illusion comes truth.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 84 min.)) : sd., col

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Quetzlzacatenango
Jan 14, 2016

Fascinating inside look at the power that can be easily wielded by Gurus and by extension any cult or religious leader over people genuinely searching for something in their lives or are otherwise vulnerable. What starts as a social experiment touches upon where people really need to look for answers and strength.

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Rocinha
Jul 19, 2015

I will see it again! It reminded me when i would seek answers outward.

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kerkrobe
Apr 22, 2015

Tamer ... Kinder ... Jesus-like .... version of the movie "Borat"

kevfarley Jan 03, 2014

... but how did people feel about being 'had' ? The bonus showed an Indian audience laughing it up as the director explained his creation of a faith practice for Western consumption.

VahiniG Dec 04, 2013

This was awesome. I had the chant "Kumare, Kumare, Kumare..." in my head for a few days after viewing this documentary. A little bit Borat, a little bit research and a little bit super funny! One recommendation is that the end of film could have been extended to show how negative social experiments can be to unknowing participants. Also, it says something about how image is truly given more power than the self in our society.
I wish he never told them the truth. If people want ignorance, who are we to judge?

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ktnvd
Nov 11, 2013

Brilliant message

ktnv Nov 11, 2013

Brilliant message.

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eastvanbookfan
Jul 20, 2013

Really enjoyed this documentary. This so-called 'fake guru' did an awesome job of providing what many of these 'followers' needed. It was fun watching him tell them to their faces 'I'm not a guru, the guru is inside of you' but then they still saw that as a deep message from a guru (which it was!). I wonder how Vikram is doing now because it still must have felt good to be able to help others because he did HELP others by getting them to help themselves....

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gcarolan
Jun 29, 2013

An interesting documentary that examines what is truth and what is faith and how these things shape us and connect us. While I'm a little uncomfortable with Vikram Gandhi's method (which he, too, seems to question and become uncomfortable with it), the film leaves you with many things to ponder. Well worth a viewing.

jpozenel Apr 23, 2013

Really interesting situation that Vikram Gandhi (Kumare) gets himself into.

It's difficult for me to decide whether he was being helpful or cruel. Still, an interesting dilemma.

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