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Walk With Me

"Slow down and breathe. This contemplative journey follows in the steps of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a rare insight into life within a monastic community. The sun rises. Everything is calm and still. Life is beautifully serene as Benedict Cumberbatch’s composed, meditative voice reads an extract from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals. So begins Max Pugh and Marc J Francis’ (Black Gold) fascinating and immersive exploration of what it means to devote one’s life to mindfulness. With unprecedented access to the famous secluded monastery of Plum Village in the South West of France, Walk With Me captures the daily routine and rituals of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence. It is an insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things – a welcome remedy to the stresses of city life and a world in turmoil."

Laure Bonville, London Film Festival

"The scenery is sublime, the messages uplifting and just the act of watching it will make you want to slow down." LA Times

"Cinematic grandeur… A ruminative poem as lyrically shot and edited as its subject’s own writing….. You may not come out of [Francis’ and Pugh’s] documentary wishing to join Plum Village, but the filmmakers leave you desperately wanting more time with it." Sean L Malin, Austin Chronicle

"Thorougly meditative." New York Times

April 15th, 4:45pm screening - Guests in attendance, followed by Panel Discussion in the Atrium.

Panel Moderator:
Jessica L. Main
Associate Professor | RHNHFF Chair in Buddhism and Contemporary Society
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society
The University of British Columbia

Dzung Vo
True Garden of Diligence
Order of Interbeing Member
Mindfulness Practice Community of Vancouver
Bethan Alice Lloyd
True Spacious Mind
Order of Interbeing Member
Practice Elder , Waves and Water Sangha Vancouver
Nghia Nguyen
Sister Clarity
Order of Interbeing Member
Mindfulness Practice Community of Vancouver
Colin Pal
True Storage of Wisdom
Order of Interbeing Member
Former Buddhist monk turned Mindfulness Instructor

Director Max Pugh, Marc James Francis
Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2017
Running Time: 94 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: 19+
Language:In English, French, Vietnamese with English subtitles
Related Links: Website & Trailer | Review
Featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch (narrator); Thich Nhát Hanh


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