Kitâb al-Isfâr: Book of the Journey

  • France 
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“Kitâb al-Isfâr: Book of the Journey”, by Baba Hillman – a true masterpiece of its, the quest is threefold: cinematographic, personal and spiritual. These three principles combine and give the configuration of an experience in the mystical sense of the term: which is what is sought here. The question is also: can cinema translate mystical thought? Yes. This film proves it. The images that flow here are as if “live-wired” to the nervous system and embody mystical experience (close to the limits of being, of spirit and of writing) drawing on teachings of one of the masters of Sufi thought, Ibn ‘Arabi, polyglot as is the film, which overlaps at least three languages, Arabic, English and Spanish. Not to mention the sophisticated use of cinematic language.” — Raphaël Bassan

“What remains of emotions, dreams, desires, when one disappears?” Moving between past and present, between ritual and dreams, Kitâb al-Isfâr is a meditation on time and memory, a ritual to ward off the darkness. In a poetic exploration of a seven-year journey of return to Spain, Scotland and Norway, the film weaves together stories of near-death and mystical experience, of teachers and fellow-travelers met along the way.



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  • Original title
    Kitâb al-Isfâr: Book of the Journey
  • Direction
  • Cast
    Mary Bauermeister, Denis Gril, Ximena Kilroe, Sidi Saïd
  • DOP
    Baba Hillman
  • Editing
    Baba Hillman
  • Sound
    Baba Hillman
  • Duration
    58 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • FIDMarseille, 2020
    • Athens Avant Garde Film Festival, 2020
    • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, 2021 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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