The Departure 15+, unless accompanied by an adult

Documentary | Feature
Director  Lana Wilson
United States | 87 mins | 2017
Japanese with English subtitles

Australian Premiere

“a beautiful, wise and deeply empathetic immersion into a fascinating character.” (Filmmaker Magazine)

Meet Ittetsu Nemoto, once a punk rocker but now a Japanese Zen priest who specialises in working with the suicidal. He not only runs retreats in which people can contemplate what it means to throw everything away, but he is constantly on call to respond to cries for help.  Nemoto’s message is as beautiful as it is simple: the only way to ward off death is to learn the value of life, the vibrancy of each moment and each relationship. Despair is his workplace, but he will learn at the cost of his own health, that it is a terrible burden to care about people so deeply.

Director Lana Wilson | Screenwriter David Teague, Lana Wilson | Producer Lana Wilson | Composer Nathan Michel | Cinematographer Emily Topper | Editor David Teague