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Darshan - A journey in India with Amma

Darshan - A journey in India with Amma

A Feature film by Jan Kounen

Produced by Tawak Pictures, Lotus Productions

Release in France : 30/11/2005


    Throughout its history, India has retained a deep sense of sacredness. And Hindu tradition reserves a privileged place for “great souls” (Mahatma), and spiritual masters.
    The story of Mata Amritamandamayi is a shining example of this. Born into a family of humble Kerala fishermen, the woman who is affectionately known as Amma (Mother) has today become one of the most important living “masters.” For many people, she is the incarnation of the divine mother. And, according to tradition, she is henceforth considered a saint.
    This feature-length documentary is a portrait of this woman and her extraordinary life. It attempts to testify, within the particular context of traditional India, to another way of perceiving the world.
    “Darshan,” the film’s title, signifies vision and presence of the self, to see and be seen by God. Practicing Hindus can live or receive a Darshan of a statue of the deities of the temples, a sacred tree, or an icon of a Mahatma. Amma’s particularity is to give the Darshan by holding each person in her arms in a state of peace and joy. Darshan: presence, benediction, transmission, the power to listen, to help.

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    Executive Producers :

    Tawak Pictures, Lotus Productions

    Foreign production companies :

    Pegasos Film, Artist Film

    French distribution :

    Océan Films Distribution

    Co-productions :

    Roissy Films, Arte France Cinéma

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    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Manuel Collas de la Roche

    Screenwriters :

    Manuel Collas de la Roche, Jan Kounen

    Production managers :

    Christine Renaud, Eric Dionysius

    Editor :

    Anny Danché

    Music Composers :

    Jean-Jacques Hertz, François Roy

    Sound Recordist :

    Alain Féat

    Director of Photography :

    Sébastien Pentecouteau

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Bruno Barde, Sophie Bataille

    Sound Editor :

    Alain Féat

    Sound mixer :

    Anne Le Campion

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    Feature film

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    French, Hindi, English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Germany

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    Majority French (France, Germany)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD