In his forthcoming documentary, a filmmaker turns faux-spiritual leader to explore beliefs.
Kumaré is an enlightened guru from the East who builds a following of disciples in the West. But Kumaré is not real, he is an American filmmaker named Vikram Gandhi, who has transformed himself into a wise eastern guru. In the film dubbed “The True Story of a False Prophet” that will see its US distribution this summer, Kumaré is the centerpiece of a social experiment designed to explore and test one of the world’s most sacred taboos.
By concealing his true identity from all he meets, Kumaré forges profound, spiritual connections with real people from all walks of life. At the same time, in the absurdity of living as an entirely different person, Vikram the filmmaker is forced to confront difficult questions about his own identity.
At the height of his popularity he reveals his greatest teaching: his true self. A playful yet genuine and insightful look at belief and spirituality, the film crosses a line few have dared to cross, all to discover: from illusion comes truth.
Original photography for PSFK by Catalina Kulzar