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Darshan: The Embrace

Darshan: The Embrace

Published: 24-08-2012 - Last Edited: 19-08-2021

Darshan: The Embrace

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.

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