“Kitâb al-Isfâr: Book of the Journey”, by Baba Hillman – a true masterpiece of its kind...here, 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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