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The Gardener (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | June 2013 (USA)
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The Gardener is a surreal film made using documentary-style techniques via the cameras of father and son (the Makhmalbafs) who go to Israel to learn about a religion (Baha'i faith) that ... See full summary »

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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Bal Kumari Gurung Bal Kumari Gurung ... Self
Ian David Huang Ian David Huang ... Self
Maysam Makhmalbaf
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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The Gardener is a surreal film made using documentary-style techniques via the cameras of father and son (the Makhmalbafs) who go to Israel to learn about a religion (Baha'i faith) that they don't know much due to its taboo status in the country of both the filmmaker and the faith's birth - Iran. Written by Anonymous

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Touching and Thought-provoking
25 August 2013 | by trav-774-170709See all my reviews

The Gardener contains several scenes that raised intriguing questions about the role of faith in humanity's evolution and other scenes that answered those questions through the unfiltered testimony of individual believers. The cinematic style was a little surreal for my taste, but it accentuated the moments of realism, like comets occasionally streaking across a crowded night sky. Hopefully the film will be shown in southern California again. It created quite a buzz in the Baha'i community, but many were not able to make it to LA during its one-week run. I know I would see it again...and bring friends! To me, the most amazing thing about the film is the director's courage to put his career, awards, and life on the line to make a documentary film about a Faith that is not his own.


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