In vivid and sensuous detail, 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 chores, meditation, ritual, and rigorous study 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 bring us into a place of extraordinary beauty and simplicity. From Swami Dayananda’s first lesson: ‘Saying is only an expression of what you see,’ 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.
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Festivals and Awards
Festivals: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Mumbai Womens International Film Festival
Awards: Nominated for best documentary, SBIFF
Quotes: “...so gentle a window into the world of a traditional Advaita Vedanta ashram in Tamil Nadu, India that it is itself a kind of meditation.” - BeliefNet
Runtime: 108 min.
Genres: Documentary, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Health & Health Care
Subtitles / Closed Captioning: Some English Subtitles