Closer to God (Switzerland)

Closer to God

Closer to God

  • Annette Berger, Grete Jentzen


Several cultures consider music one of the preferred paths for encountering God. The traditional religious chants in Islamic Pakistan are passed on from generation to generation as a form of high artistic expression, but also as a form of mysticism. The master Ustaad Saam roams the country giving lessons in this traditional music that never separates the artistic experience from the religious one.This mystical path is also explored by the pilgrim Gogha Sain, for whom the encounter with God occurs through the quest for inner peace.Closer to God is a voyage into the mystical practices of Islam, but also a reflection on the transcendental dimension of the human being. The film offers a real sensory and spiritual experience. Through a very meticulous mise en scène, the directors attempt to understand the beauty of the mystic gesture rather than the logic of the religion. A film that hinges on the idea that in order to better understand the other, one must, first and foremost, listen to them.
Elena López Riera
Length: 84'
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2018
Language(s): Urdu, Punjabi, English
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2018


Annette Berger  (Dokwerkstatt GmbH)
Urs Augstburger  (SRF)
Sven Wälti  (SRG SSR)

Sales Contact

Annette Berger
Tel. +4179 255 84 35


Language(s):  Urdu, Punjabi, English
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Friday 13 April
  • 14:00
Grande Salle (Salle Communale)

Followed by a discussion

  • Saturday 14 April
  • 16:15