Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, November 23, 2012 – Sunday, December 02, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2011—directed by Vikram Gandhi)

Sri Kumaré is a guru from the East who has come to America to spread his teachings. In Arizona he finds a group of devoted students who embrace him as a true spiritual force. But Kumaré is planning to reveal a secret to his disciples. He is, in fact, not real – Kumaré is a filmmaker from New Jersey named Vikram Gandhi who wanted to see if he could pull this deception off. Though it may have begun as a Borat-style series of gags, this remarkable documentary becomes ever more interesting and thought-provoking, as Kumaré/Vikram struggles with the unforeseen problem he has created for himself. He has discovered that he cares for his followers, and his growing sense of responsibility toward them – and more than a little guilt – forces him to genuinely look inward as he contemplates the risks and rewards of revealing his “true self” to those have made serious changes to their lives as a result of his teachings. This “true story of a false prophet” is both surprising and illuminating, and one of the year’s most talked-about documentaries. Audience Award, South by Southwest Film Festival. (84 min.)

“Prepare to have your assumptions pitched out the window… tense, surprising and incredibly moving.” –Mark Holcomb, The Village Voice

Friday, November 23 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 24 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 25 at 2:00 PM
Friday, November 30 at 9:45 PM
Saturday, December 1 at 9:45 PM
Sunday, December 2 at 4:45 PM