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Kumare

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, Kumare follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life -- and wondering if and when to reveal his true self...winner of South by Southwest's Audience Award, Kumare is an insightful look at faith and belief."--Case.
Title: Kumare
[videorecording]
Published: New York : Kino Lorber, Inc., 2013.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (84 min.) :,sd., col.,,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from disc surface.
Bonus features: Commentary, Delete scenes, Inktalk with Vikram Gandhi, Theatrical trailer
Summary: "A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, Kumare follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life -- and wondering if and when to reveal his true self...winner of South by Southwest's Audience Award, Kumare is an insightful look at faith and belief."--Case.
Audience: MPAA Rating Not rated
Local Note: 1
Branch Call Number: DVD 294.5092 KUM
Statement of Responsibility: directed by Vikram Gandhi; produced by Bryan Carmel, Brendan Colthurst
System Details: DVD, widescreen (1.85:1 : 16x9) presentation; 5.1 surround.
Other Language: In English
Subject Headings: Belief and doubt Video recordings. Guru worship (Rite) Video recordings. Religious leaders Video recordings. Gandhi, Vikram Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Topical Term: Belief and doubt
Guru worship (Rite)
Religious leaders
Publisher No: K966
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Jan 03, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

... 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.

Dec 04, 2013
  • VahiniG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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?

Nov 11, 2013
  • ktnv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant message.

Jul 20, 2013
  • eastvanbookfan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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....

Jun 29, 2013
  • gcarolan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 23, 2013
  • jpozenel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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