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The Departure

2DCS/ES12
Director:Lana Wilson
Premiere:12. March 2018
Length:87 minutes
Genre:Documentary

Category: International Competition

Director: Lana Wilson

"Tender and quietly touching; The Departure is like a haiku," writes the New York Times. Intense work with people with suicidal thoughts leads a Zen Buddhist monk to realise the value of his own life.

"I want to die." These are the kinds of text messages that Ittetsu Nemoto often receives. He responds daily to dozens of desperate emails and leads seminars in which his clients are looking for a reason to stay alive. Often he heads out on his motorbike to those in need, and as a result he is rarely home for his two-year-old son's bedtime. Recently he has also been troubled by health problems. The film looks at Nemoto's past and finds him at a crossroads. Where does meaningful help for others end and self-destruction begin? An impressive film meditation on the sources of overpressure and the balancing forces of human life.

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