LANA WILSON

EMMY AWARD-WINNING
DIRECTOR, WRITER,
AND PRODUCER

The Departure

Details:

Release:

Documentary Feature
2017

Role:

Director and Producer

Synopsis:

Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between his patients and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?


Press:

Stunning.
Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine
Immensely moving. Lyrical and deeply meditative… digs deep into major questions without being afraid of the answers.
Kate Erbland, IndieWire
One of the most moving films at this year's festival...gorgeous and contemplative. The Departure is a powerful work of documentary, cinema, advocacy, and art.
Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene
A cinematic spiritual quest. A trip to the mountain top that will leave you moved, teary eyed, and utterly vibrating with the sense of feeling alive. A small quiet film that is thunderous in its effect.
Steve Kopian, Unseen Films
A beautiful, wise, and deeply empathetic immersion into one fascinating character's unique approach to suicide prevention. A quietly impressive work whose images, characters, and ruminations linger on long after the lights come up.
Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

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