by Shafeeq Vellani

image of a man driving a taxi, around his rear view mirror there are beads hanging


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Still from Darwish


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



Year 1994
Duration 13 minutes
Original format
Screening format 16mm and Beta SP
Aspect ratio
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour

Screening history:

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.

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Shafeeq Vellani

Shafeeq Vellani is a filmmaker and the co-founder of Picture This Moving Image. Shafeeq has made shorts, television documentaries and dramas, and