Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Faces in the Medina ~ Raeshma Razvi ~ Filmmaker

Raeshma Razvi is a filmmaker with a special interest in the links between artisans and spirituality, or, to put it another way, the link between creativity and spirituality.  Her short visit to Fez is hopefully the beginning of a journey that will see her return to explore the Medina and its artizans.

Meeting her, it is obvious from the outset that Raeshma and Fez are a good mix and she doesn't hesitate to say how much she enjoys the labyrinthine nature of the place. It is also clear that with her sharp eye and quick mind she will find it easy to make the connections with the artizans.

Raeshma Razvi founder and producer at Silkworm Media & Consulting

An enduring interest is the work of the Persian poet Hafiz and Raeshma has produced some fascinating work around his poems.  Her Travels with H: Hafiz in a New World is a beautifully crafted series of video postcards. See here:

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.
Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart. - Hafiz
Raeshma Razvi has a new documentary in the works. The working title of the documentary is intriguing - Sailor, Sufi, Spy: Robert Darr and the Journey. It features the worldly and spiritual journeys of Sausalito resident Robert Darr, a man whose life spans the diverse and disparate practices of building and sailing wooden boats, translating Persian poetry and serving as Sufi spiritual guide to a community of recently-settled Afghan refugees. Through one Californian’s story we witness the meandering path to self-realization, the upheavals caused by war, and the power of the human heart to connect across vastly different cultures and help navigate the difficult journey of being human.

Robert Darr

In America the East Bay Community Foundation has awarded her $5,000 to help launch the project on the condition that she was able to match the amount. As filmmakers know, "crowd funding" is not always easy, but in her case her supporters on Indiegogo raised the funds well ahead ahead of the deadline. See more here:

Hopefully Fez will inspire Raeshma to return with a new project - inshallah

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