A Special Conversant Life Guest Reflection From Bill Faris
On the screen, a man with deep brown eyes sits before a small group of quiet disciples. His hair is long and dark and his beard is full. His dress is simple if slightly exotic – after the manner of an East Indian guru. It is nighttime, and the soft glow of candles and hanging lanterns reflect sweetly in the waters of a small backyard swimming pool. The teacher and his disciples have gathered around the pool for a special purpose. Tonight is to be the “unveiling of our true selves”. There is a sense of expectation in the air for this act of self-revelation is the culmination of the guru’s teaching.
The man with the compelling eyes has rehearsed his talk for the unveiling event many times in private. But now that it has arrived we viewers watch as he finds himself struggling to get the words out. Perhaps it is because he knows his listeners may hate him for what he has to say. Or, as we come to see by the film’s conclusion, perhaps it is because he may hate himself.And so begins Kumare, the documentary film by Vikram Ghandi, subtitled: “The True Story of a False Prophet”.