The Departure

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The Departure


Friday Nov 24 01:00 PM
Saturday Nov 25 04:00 PM
Sunday Nov 26 01:00 PM
Sunday Nov 26 07:30 PM
Wednesday Nov 29 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Lana Wilson. 2017. USA. 87 min. Japanese with English subtitles.

Ittetsu Nemoto, a 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 those he counsels and himself. This moving documentary 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? 

The second documentary by award-winning director Lana Wilson (After Tiller), The Departure is a poetic and stunning film that contemplates death as a way of better understanding how we should live.

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