by Shafeeq Vellani
In this portrait of spiritual and physical journeying, from a Sufi perspective, a young boy, his taxi-driving father and wool-spinning grandfather wander through the British Landscape.
Also featured are the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the mesmerizing whirling of a dervish (a literal translation from the Persain word Darwish "the threshold of the door"), and a poem by Rumi, the founder of the whirling dervishes.
"Darwish complicates initial perceptions of a mini-cab driver with scenes that allude to traditional Sufi dancing and nomadism." Time Out, London
|Screening format||16mm and Beta SP|
|Colour / B&W||Colour|
Broadcast on HTV, 08 May 1994
03 February 1996
Verse on Screen, Northern Poetry Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, UK
2nd prize for best film at EUROfest European Minority Cultures Film Festival
Funded by the British Film Institute, South West Arts and AVESE.
Shafeeq Vellani is a filmmaker and the co-founder of Picture This Moving Image. Shafeeq has made shorts, television documentaries and dramas, and