Coming to the IFC Center in New York City on Wednesday, June 20th is Kumaré, a documentary from Vikram Ghandi.
Ghandi decides to take a look at faith and belief in this film in a direction that may upset a lot of people.
As you can tell by the Kumaré movie trailer above, Ghandi creates an alter ago named Kumaré. Kumaré is a spiritual leader, a guru of sorts that actually develops a following even though he’s ‘made up.’
The press release says the Vikram will unveil his true self to the following that believes in his Kumaré persona. We’ve seen this kind of thing done in the TV world, take Dave Chappelle’s white power character. That was met with surprise but you have to think it being done in reality won’t be much different. You can only assume that the action will be met with surprise, hatred but hopefully some thought too.
What is faith? Who do we really believe in?
But I guess that’s why we’ll have to watch.
The film was Audience Award Winner for a Documentary Feature at the SXSW Film Festival in 2011.
It’s got a run time of 84 minutes and is directed by Ghandi. Kino Lorber distributes the film.