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Darwish
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

Synopsis:

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

 

Details:

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

Screening history:

Broadcast on HTV, 08 May 1994

03 February 1996
Verse on Screen, Northern Poetry Library, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, UK

Awards:

2nd prize for best film at EUROfest European Minority Cultures Film Festival

Credits:

Funded by the British Film Institute, South West Arts and AVESE.

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Artists
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