People have different ideas on how to get closer to God. The makers of this fascinating Swiss documentary follow two Pakistani men. One is a dervish or mystic, undertaking a life-long pilgrimage with heavy metal rings on his legs. He walks through the desert until his feet are raw, praying at every shrine he comes across along the way. The other is the custodian of a centuries-old musical tradition, for whom the idea of God lies in self-knowledge, insight and harmony with the environment – a harmony that he strives to achieve through life-long study and passing on his knowledge to new generations. In Pakistan, it is impossible for them to act together as the risk of attacks means any large meetings are prohibited.

The film follows the men as they visit impressive holy sites, as well as in their everyday conversations, and provides a beautiful, sideways look at Pakistani society.

After the screening, stick around for a Q&A with the director and an in-depth conversation on Sufism and its presence in the Western world. The evening is concluded with a performance by Cengiz Arslanpay. 

Scopitone Café, free admission

Filmmaker
Annette Berger, Grete Jentzen
Country
Switzerland
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
84’
Language
Urdu, Pushto, English
Producer
Annette Berger
Production Company
Dokwerkstatt GmbH
Sales
Dokwerkstatt GmbH
Writer
Annette Berger
Cinematography
Lars Barthel
Editor
Grete Jentzen
Sound Design
Marc von Stürler, Mourad Keller
Music
Naseeruddin Saami & Sons
Cast
Naseeruddin Saami, Gogha Sain, Rauf Saami, Urooj Saami, Azeem Saami, Ahmed Saami, Bina Jawwad