Rumi, The Wings of Love takes viewers into
a secret world rarely seen by outsiders. Nearly eight centuries
after his death, Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Sufi master and mystical
poet, is ever-present in the whirling ceremony of today's Mevlevi
Rumi 'existed outside the differences which divide
men'. In this extraordinary video, Rumi's universal words and essence
ares eamlessly interwoven with his history and story of awakening.
Shems Friedlander has been given unprecedented
access to document sacred ceremonies. The Halveti zikr, Mevlevi
semas, and the Gharib, or secret, sema - not seen for over 100 years
- were filmed in Cairo, Istanbul, and the Garden of Rumi in Konya.
This unique footage set to Mevlevi music is enhanced
by interviews with Sheikh Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din (Martin Lings),
philosopher and author Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and Sheikh Omer Tugrel
Inançer, who reveals the hidden meaning of the ney, or reed
selection of the Parabola Cinema of the Spirit,
and Damah Spirituality in Film, festivals, 2002.
The second film Come to Life, al-Mahya,
is an insider’s look at the khalwa, the annual spiritual
retreat which has been a traditionof the Khalwatiya Sufi order
in Cairo for over 500 years. As an added feature the dvd also includes
an interview with the director, Shems Friedlander, the first person
to be allowed to film this secret and sacred ceremony.
‘Sacred solitude: a look at a Sufi spiritual retreat.’ —Mostafa
al-Badawy, author of Man and the Universe.
'In this time, when many tongues presume to speak
for God, their god, this film speaks to a truth that is beyond the
ability of our human words to describe; the gift of love, the indwelling
of God within the soul.'
'Friedlander's film, both brilliantly and with
tactful subtlety, translates the shape of Rumi's love into image