The Departure 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
“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
Lana Wilson studied Film and Dance at Wesleyan University. Her first film, After Tiller (2013), won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary. She wrote and produced the premiere episode of the documentary miniseries I Am Rebel (2016) and she was a producer for several episodes of National Geographic Channel’s Explorer.