Graceful and respectful, peppered with moments that highlight the human nature of divine contemplation.



An evolution in the sensory experiential movement of verite filmmaking (SWEETGRASS, FOREIGN PARTS, LEVIATHAN), GURUKULAM-ONE WITHOUT A SECOND creates a vivid and sensual film experience - immersing the viewer in an otherworldly but immediate atmosphere of spiritual contemplation. GURUKULAM follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a remote forest ashram in southern India. Daily rituals are woven together connecting the natural and spiritual worlds in moments of surprising revelation and comic contradiction. Deeply observational and experiential, GURUKULAM evokes the presence of the place and a tactile sense of the sacred. The richly layered soundscape and the intimate imagery reveal a place of extraordinary beauty and simplicity. GURUKULAM is a rare invitation to look, listen, and experience a contemplative rhythm of life as old as the Bhagavad Gita and as new as present-day India.
Not Rated
English, Tamil
Marsha McCreadie, Film Journal International

Part educational story, all documentary, Gurukulam is a tale which nevertheless has a hero, and details how an educator/leader in a forest ashram in South India points the way for his flock to follow in his direction. Yet talk about burying the lead! We actually don’t get to meet the central figure ...

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