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Rumi - Turning Ecstatic
Year:  2006
Running Time:  48 minutes
Country:  Canada
Genre:  Documentary
Cast:  Coleman Barks, Andrew Harvey, Camille Helminksi, Kabir Helminski, Nader Khalili
Director:  Tina Petrova

Description:
  [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]

"A Voice of Peace from Within Islam..." Mevlana Jelalludin Rumi was a 13th C. Mystic and Poet. He was born in Balkh Afghanistan and lived out his life in Konya Turkey. His two signature literary works "The Mathnawi" and the "Divani Shams i Tabriz" are considered second only in importance to the Koran in the Middle East. In the West, he has outsold Shakespeare in the English language for 2 decades, becoming the best loved poet in America today.

Canadian filmmaker Tina Petrova shares her extraordinary encounter with Rumi (a true story) as she leads us on a road trip of discovery across America to the shifting sands of the Middle East - seeking out scholars who animate his works in the world today. Featured are: UN award winning architect Nader Khalili, who builds emergency shelters in the Mohave Desert, the worlds most popular translator of Rumi - Coleman Barks, activist and author Andrew Harvey, the hypnotic spin of the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey and Shaikh Kabir Helminski, who heads up Rumi’s spiritual order today.

To both the initiated and uninititated alike, Rumi -Turning Ecstatic propels the viewer deep into the heart of Sufi mysticism, with thought provoking and informative interviews, stunning stock footage from around the globe and a haunting soundtrack of ecstatic Sufi Music.



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