“Shams & Rumi: The Fragrance of Axis Mundi, is a highly artistic short film on Shams and Rumi's first meeting and their ultimate separation...(duration: 25 minutes). Filmmaker Pouria Montazeri initially heard about the Persian mystic poet Rumi, a respected and best-selling poet, while growing up in Iran. The short film "Shams & Rumi: The Fragrance of Axis Mundi" is based on the friendship between Rumi and close friend Shams of Tabriz during the 13th century, a relationship that’s credited with Rumi making the transformation from being a strictly intellectual Muslim preacher to a love-intoxicated and ecstatic poet and Sufi mystic.
“This project is something that I hope will help people understand more about Rumi’s transformation and his importance in Persian history,” Montazeri said. “The fact that he’s so popular in contemporary society is also quite amazing, and the film takes you back to a key time in his life, showing how his encounter with Shams and the growth of their friendship helped totally transform his life. I think his life and his poetry can be a bridge between cultures, and that’s what I hope comes across in the short film as well.”