Give Me Your Love| 29mins
Director: Nameera Ahmed | Producer: Nameera Ahmed
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: Pakistan
"Give Me Your Love" is a short documentary that explores the role of music, especially the reed-flute, in the lives of the contemporary spiritual followers of the 13th-century Persian Sufi poet-mystic Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. This group in Turkey, called the Mevlevi Sufis, is most popularly identified internationally as the "Whirling Dervishes". Rumi referred to the making and playing of the reed-flute in his poetry, as a metaphor for the training and subsequent transformation of the human spirit. This poetic symbolism still holds power for the Sufis, who reveal their central connection to the reed-flute in this film where the players are individuals actively engaged in the production, performance and perpetuation of the Mevlevi music tradition. The viewer gets a taste of their world, of their philosophy and beliefs, and their journey of love explored through the "Sema" or "Audition", through the theme of the sublime and the mundane.