Darshan, The Embrace

Release date:July 26, 2006

Studio:IFC Films

Director:Jan Kounen

MPAA Rating:N/A


Starring:Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)

Genre:Drama, Documentary

Plot Summary:

Amma, one of India's most famous "Mahatmas" or spiritual guides, is known internationally for her charitable donations, fight for peace, and work with illiteracy. In 2002, she won the Gandhi King Prize for her work, joining the prestigious group of winners that include, Nelson Mandela and Khofi Annan. "Darshan - The Embrace" chronicles her journey throughout India and traveling with her inner circle to visit with her disciples. This intimate documentary captures her charisma and loving spirit by talking with her and those close to her. One can easily sense how special she is and how fortunate they feel to be in her presence. This is further illustrated as the people of India wait for hours on line just to hear her captivating speeches, and upon the conclusion line up again to get a hug from her. She is an absolute inspiration to all, and a comfort to those who have little hope to cling to.