Buddhist Movie Night at PIMC: "Kumare" (Sat., 10/19/19, 6:30pm)

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Please join us for another edition of Buddhist Movie Night at Portland Insight Meditation Community (PIMC). We'll be watching "Kumare" on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.  The screening will begin at 6:30pm.

This is a chance to come together as a community, enjoy Buddhist/mindfulness-themed cinema, and discuss how the material relates to our understanding of the Buddha and the Dharma.

Mikki and Alezah will be hosting the movie night and leading the discussion afterward. It will be a very mellow, low key affair. Please come, bring a snack to share if you like, and enjoy.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 / 6:30-9:00PM
LOCATION: PIMC, 6536 SE Duke St., Portland
SUGGESTED DONATION: $5/person (no one turned away for insufficient funds).
Kūmāré is a 2011 documentary film directed by and starring American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, who poses as an Indian guru to satirize the New Age movement.

Gandhi came up with the idea of a fictional guru while recording another documentary film about yogis and their followers. To make the documentary, Gandhi transformed himself into Sri Kumaré, an enlightened guru from a fictional village in India, by adopting a fake Indian accent and growing out his hair and beard. In the film, Kumaré travels to Arizona to spread his made-up philosophy and gain sincere followers.

Kumaré premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), where it received the festival's Feature Film Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Kumaré received fair reviews upon release. Many movie reviewers criticized Gandhi's deception as immoral, but partially forgave Gandhi for realizing that the experiment had grown out of his control. Many compared the character of Kumaré and the deception by Gandhi to Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character and film.

Stephen Holden of the New York Times and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised the film's message of "finding the guru within".

This film does not appear to have received a rating by the Motion Picture Association (MPA). However, the Parents Guide on the IMDb website lists two comments about nudity/sexual references:

1. A guru interviewed towards the beginning of the film justifies how he uses his position to have sex with young women.

2. Kumaré strips down to a loin cloth as a "healer" runs a buffer over the title character's body.

Also be sure to join us for our other monthly Buddhist movie nights. Here's the schedule for the remainder of 2019 (scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of the month):
Nov. 16:  A Man Escaped (1956 directed by Robert Bresson)
Dec. 21:  Late Spring (1949 directed by: Yasujiro Ozu)