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Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam
Sufi Soul The Mystic Music of Islam
Actors: Youssou N'Dour, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mercan Dede, Abida Parveen
Director: Simon Broughton
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2008     0hr 49min

For hundreds of millions of Sufi followers worldwide, music is at the heart of their tradition and a way of getting closer to God. From the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey to the qawwali music of Pakistan, Sufism has produced...  more »


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Actors: Youssou N'Dour, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mercan Dede, Abida Parveen
Director: Simon Broughton
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: International, Documentary
Studio: Riverboat
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 09/30/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 0hr 49min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Good Sampler of Sufi Music
A. Windsor | Woodstock, NY | 02/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a fairly low budget documentary, and it's not without its flaws. One often wishes that the narrator would stop talking and just let the music speak for itself. But the film does provide a very good international sampling of Sufi music, including appearances by some Qawwali superstars: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Nusrat's nephew) and Abida Parveen. Also included: footage from the Fes Sacred Music Festival and a (brief) interview with Mevlevi Shaykh Nail Kesova. It's a banquet of good stuff, all worth tasting, but unfortunately the documentary offers only bite-sized samples. The best part of the DVD is the part listed as "extras"--fuller, uncut performances, uninterrupted by the narrator. Without the "extras", the DVD wouldn't have been half as good.

Incidentally, the previous reviewer is mistaken. Sufism is a dimension of Islam. Every Sufi performer in this film is a Muslim. Sufism (at its best) is pluralistic and inclusive. But it certainly has its roots in Islam."
KODAMA CHRISTINE | Tokyo, Japan | 03/08/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I bought "Sufi Soul" hoping to be able to show Sufi whirling dance to my students. There is just a few minutes of the ceremony with whirling dervishes presented on the cover. The voice and presence of Simon Broughton fills the whole DVD (even the sacred places which he does not seem able to respect much), except for the extras of little interest for me.
For beautiful Sufi music, I recommend "Ocean of Remembrance" by Oruç Güvenç and Tümata,now in CD, and I am still looking for a Sufi dance and music ceremony DVD."
Excellent short comprehensive documentary
watchthelightdie | Arizona | 04/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A friend lent this to my husband. We watched it--was great for those first getting an introduction to sufi music. Ended up buying it for my husband as a gift. Documentary shows forms of sufi music across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Great for those who enjoy studying religion and/or folk music."