A journey in search of the des or country invoked in the writings of Kabir, the 15th century mystic poet of north India, this film interweaves the stories of two people from two very different backgrounds: Indian folk singer Prahlad Tippanya and North American scholar Linda Hess. Where is Kabir’s country? The answer is elusive in the journey through song and poem into these two lives, brought together in an unlikely friendship by the cross-cultural resonance of Kabir.
[director]Shabnam Virmani has directer several award-winning documentaries in partnership with grassroots women’s groups in the country. In 1990, she co-founded the Drshti Media, Arts and HUman Rights Collective in Ahmedabad, a group of media professionals working to strengthen struggles for human rights and gender justice. For the last five years, she has been located at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore as artist-in-residence while also working on the Kabir project. Her films Aadavallu Ekamaite and Tu Zinda Hai were shown at FSA ’07[/director]