Kumaré is a documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.
Very insightful doc about religious belief and everyone's search for answers in life. Similar to Alan Watts in that everyone has what they're looking for so you don't need to search for it outside of yourself; no one needs a "guru" and you already have the means to be happy. This doc never directly discusses religion though, it explores it so it doesn't feel like it's lecturing to you. Very well done!.
A cautionary tale that delves into the human need to believe in a higher source of wisdom. There's something horribly creepy and unnerving in this reality-tv styled doco. The final reveal comes together beautifully and is deeply rich with emotion. It's just a shame that we never get any deeper insight into the motivations and background of the mysterious Kumare himself. 3 stars
I tried to get several people to watch this because I really wanted to discuss its many layers and the ultimate show not tell. My fears of any Borat-esque mockery were for naught; however, I wonder how I would feel had I been taken in. I love that Vikram was as taken by surprise as anyone else. I am not the sort who seeks a guru, but if I did Kumare proves she lies within.
This isn't cinematic, it is made like MTV style, but it is surprisingly interesting and I recommend it for anyone exploring spirituality. Gonna go back to cutting up magazine photos for my "vision board" now.