RUMI: POET OF THE HEART

SUNDAY, FEB. 11 • 4:15

IN PERSON:  FILMMAKER HAYDN REISS & MUSICIAN HANI NASER

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In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, we are happy to reprise this Rafael favorite. Why is a 13th century Persian scholar and mystic named Jelaluddin Rumi the bestselling poet in America today? The poems that this Sufi mystic composed about the transformative power of love have gripped the contemporary imagination. This film presents Coleman Barks, the most celebrated contemporary translator of Rumi’s poetry, in live performance and intimate conversation. Joining him to celebrate the earthy, joyous, spiritual passion of Rumi’s poetry are Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, Michael Meade, Huston Smith and others. Narrator: Debra Winger.  Music: Hamza El Din, Jai Uttal. Director: Haydn Reiss. (US, 1998) 60 min. plus discussion.

Preceding the screening, a short musical set will be performed by Hani Naser, virtuoso percussionist and Oud player who inspired the Los Angeles Times to call him a “veritable rhythm wizard.” Naser has performed and recorded with many influential artists, including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Santana, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed and numerous others.
Hani Naser Website

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