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"Of the several films I had the opportunity to see at this year's festival, Rumi Returning was the most beautifully filmed, and the most thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating. For the first time in my life I truly began to sense the broad importance and beautifulness of the Islamic religion. Rumi Returning is simply a magnificent movie that people of all cultures should see and discuss."
--Bob Ross, Talk Show Host, NPR Radio, Santa Fe
Here is a sample review from Light of Consciousness Journal:
Produced by Kell Kearns and Cynthia Lukas
Heaven On Earth Creations
THIS FILM BIOGRAPHY of the beloved 13th century saint, Mevlâna Jalâluddin Rumi, is a passionate rendering of his life and the spiritual intoxication that led him to the arms of the Beloved. Each year on December 17th, what Rumi called his"Wedding Day" is celebrated in Konya, Turkey, honoring his passage from this world and the consummation of his divine love. Rumi Returning traces his life from both a historical and theological perspective through dramatization, art and current day footage. Interviews with Akbar Ahmed, Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, Üzeyir Özyurt, a Sufi dervish born and living in Konya, Coleman Barks and Andrew Harvey help us understand Rumi's complex life and times.
Coleman Barks, the person most responsible for bringing Rumi's poetry to the west, reads his renderings of Rumi's quatrains. Andrew Harvey describes Rumi's spiritual journey and awakening as a Sufi, showing how Rumi's compassion and love for all beings is divinely relevant to our modern world. Rumi, whose path to God was divine love, is unquestionably Islam's greatest ambassador of peace today.
The remarkable aspect of this film is the heart and soul that went into its creation. The filmmakers gained permission from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism to capture locales and landmarks that were familiar to Rumi in his daily life, as well as antiquities, artwork and footage from Afghanistan where Rumi was born. The scenes of the Sema Dance (Whirling Dervishes), performed in Konya are particularly exquisite. The music throughout captures the spirit and joy of Mevlâna, as he is affectionately called in the Middle East, among the world's most beloved poets.
© 2008 Truth Consciousness. These reviews first appeared in
Light of Consciousness magazine, Autumn 2008.
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