Film Screening: Kumaré - The True Story of a False Prophet

Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Building 4, 4-237
182 MEMORIAL DR (REAR), Cambridge, MA 02139

To record this 2011 documentary, American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi transformed himself into Sri Kumaré, an enlightened guru from a fictional village in India, donning sagely robes, adopting a fake accent, and growing out his hair and beard. In the film, Kumaré travels to Arizona to spread his made-up philosophy and gain sincere followers. The film offers a fresh perspective on "belief in belief", cult psychology, and the ethics of deception towards ostensibly positive ends.

Please feel welcome to stay after the screening for an informal discussion of these issues.

Film running time: 84 minutes
Film website:
Film trailer:

WHEN: Thursday, DEC/13, 7:30pm
WHERE: 4-237 (2nd floor, Building 4, 182 Memorial Drive,

Free entry. Free concessions.
The event will be photographed and recorded.

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Event funded by the MIT ASA
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