Kumaré

2011

Documentary

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IMDb Rating 7.5 10 4786

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Reviewed by JustCuriosity 9 / 10

A Fascinating and Troubling Film about Human Spirituality

The highly provocative film Kumare had its world premiere this week at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. The film was very well-received and created a lot of buzz, because of how it was made. Everyone was saying you must see Kumare and not surprisingly it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary.

Kumare is fascinating, because it is somewhere between a documentary and a reality TV show. In the film Director Vikram Gandhi moves to Phoenix, AZ where he pretends to be a wise Indian guru and begins to recruit followers to his yoga sessions. He develops a group of followers and keeps the game going for months. Even though he is making it up, he finds that there are many people desperation for spiritual guidance that are easily convinced and willing to follow him. The film raises lots of questions about spirituality, human gullibility, and the role of spiritual leaders. He certainly shows how easy it is for those with ill intentions to build a cult-like following. The film crew took no money and Kumare attempted to teach a message of self-empowerment to his followers since he always intended to reveal himself to them. The content of the documentary was entertaining, provocative, and humorous. From an artistic point-of-view, the young documentary filmmakers should be commended for raising important questions about human nature and religion.

However, many in the audience seem deeply troubled by their methods of impersonating a guru and lying to people about whom they were and what their intentions. At times, the humor of the film was based on mocking the followers for how easily they were deceived by bogus chants and practices. It was also clear that many people told Kumare intimate details of their lives. While it seems that many of the participants benefited from his teachings of self-empowerment, some were clearly very angry at how they were deceived. While they didn't take money, they were using to advance their careers. There is something deeply exploitative in the way that they were deceived. Kumare raises a lot of interesting ethical questions that should be explored by those who are making documentary films. To put it simply, were the dishonest means that they used to achieve a worthwhile and interesting end appropriate?

Reviewed by oysterbed 8 / 10

It's not what it seems to be

I just saw this movie, and I encourage you to see it if you're drawn to the subject at all. The premise sounds mean-spirited, and one would expect the movie to be all about poking fun at the gullible followers of the fake guru, but it's not like that. Surprisingly, the director (who plays Kumare) does not come off as a jerk who's looking down on the followers he's managed to rope in. He seems surprised, as the audience is, that it's so easy to be accepted as a fake guru, and there is a lot of humor surrounding that. But I thought the jokes were aimed at Kumare more often than his followers, many of whom come across as likable and even accomplished. In a way, the real stars of this movie are the followers, because it's their sincerity that makes the film something other than what it started out to be.

Reviewed by amberm18 10 / 10

A lot better than the score here.

It's getting low rated because of the ethics of the situation, people don't like how the group was misled even if it was for their own benefit as well. But I really urge you to watch this movie for yourself and make up your own mind, it's really worth it.

In the beginning, he sets out to expose many gurus as frauds, that pray on people seeking answers, for money, fame and even sex. He dons a beard and an AWESOME walking stick, and begins defining his teachings and seeking pupils.

When he actually gets followers, he is shocked how fast they tell him their life stories, considering he says very little at all. Some critics were appalled at this part and think it exploitative, but I would point out these people already signed a waver to be filmed, so they knew their outpourings of emotions were not just going to be heard by him but whoever saw the documentary. He didn't manipulate them into talking about themselves, they were fine with the whole world seeing it.

What's surprising in this movie is how many times he tells them as frank as you can get that he is a fraud, and they still don't believe him. It really makes you think about how other religions got started. In the bible, Jesus is frequently asked if he is the son of god, to which he always replied he was the son of man. Parallel here? It's easy to see how these things get started.

What he tells them as teachings are not morally wrong either. He tells them that they are normal, beautiful people. They don't deserve to dwell on their mistakes and be miserable, and they have the power to do it themselves. People turn to religion because it's much harder to turn to yourself and say, "I'm okay, I'm a good person, I'm a strong person", we seek validation by other people and deities to back up this thought. It's hard for most people to be selfish, even for their own good.

The documentary maker changed a lot himself during this process. He goes from wanting to expose gurus, to understanding why people seek them out. He genuinely cares about his followers and chickens out of revealing himself a few times.

Even after the reveal, some followers insisted he had physic powers, and that says it all. Some people were still not strong enough to believe that a teaching can come from a normal, everyday person, or themselves, and had to believe it came from someone with supernatural powers.

All in all, a very interesting look at religion, morality and faith. What he does and the way people react can easily be held up as a mirror to any of the major religions. It makes for some very interesting inner questions and topics of discussion for friends.

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