The documentary drew critical acclaim at its Cannes Film Festival premiere. Darshan: The Embrace follows one of India”™s most revered spiritual guides and winner of the 2002 Gandhi King Award as she spreads her philosophy of motherly love.
Known as “the hugging saint,” Amma is a woman who has dedicated her life to amission that is both simple and profound: traveling around the world to hug others with the sole purpose of promoting compassion for all beings. The daughter of a lower-caste fisherman, Amma has defied the traditional gender roles and social maxims of India, refusing marriage and ignoring taboos about single women touching strangers.
What began as a humble endeavor has grown into a worldwide phenomenon; the demand for her presence is overwhelming and donations in Amma”™s name are extensive, enabling her to commit millions of dollars to schools, hospitals, and orphanages annually. Jan Kounen”™s film reveals the charitable spirit behind Amma”™s mission, and provides a stunning look at how, in this age of materialism, one woman has chosen to embark on a journey of the heart.