Rumi The Dance of Love

Documentary and Short Film Competition



(Mevlana: Askin Dansi)

Friday, December 5, 2008,
3:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Documentary / 2008 / 60 min. / Turkey
Written and directed by Kursat Kizbaz


“…to all divine loves ever lived and destined to be lived on earth”
Rumi, the Dance of Love

The documentary centers on Rumi, the great philosopher and poet revered and loved by the masses all over the world for his ideas on universal peace, humanism, brotherhood and love transcending the centuries. Narrating the universal thought of Mevlana, whose ideas reach us from the 13th century embracing humanity with their themes of love and humanism, with a poetic and dramatic style, the documentary explains Rumi and the light of his oeuvre with the help of the ideas of love, samah and ney. Rumi: The Dance of Love presents the light of love of Rumi spreading from Anatolia with animated scenes, visual animations and a poetic, narrative style.

"The 13th century… Anatolia.. A man crying out the voice of love and affection. A heart laying the foundations for humanistic thought with his poems transcending the centuries. A poet influencing the ages and humanity with his call to love. The champion of love of the Orient and the Occident. Rumi."


Kürsat Kizbaz graduated from the Istanbul University's Faculty of Communications, Department of Radio, Television and Cinema in 2004. His debut documentary in 2002, "Rumi-Ahlaf", reflecting the universal peaceful and humanistic thoughts of Mevlana, was broadcasted worldwide by Discovery Channel, Discovery Europe and NTVmsnbc. His second documentary, "The Epic of Gallipoli 1915", was based on Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's words of peace and has been screened worldwide, including the National Library and Archives of Canada. Kizbaz filmed "Rumi: The Dance of Love" in six different countries, making it the first documentary of its kind that has been produced in such a vast area. The film features interviews with around 40 experts on Mevlana and Sufism. The documentary got under way in 2005, although its roots date back to 2002 -- the year director Kızbaz recorded a 30-minute documentary titled "Rumi Ahlaf," screened at over 200 international festivals along with international channels like Discovery and the recipient of six awards. Kürsat Kizbaz currently works on his graduate degree from Istanbul University on radio-television and cinema.