Directed by Lana Wilson | USA | 2017 | 87 min
Friday, March 30
7:00pm @ McConomy Auditorium, CMU
ABOUT THE FILM
“This is a film that manages to be simple yet thought-provoking, sad yet comforting, and anguished yet tranquil. In short, a work of art.”
- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
Ittetsu Nemoto, a punk-turned-Buddhist-priest, has made a career in Japan out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. As he refuses to draw lines between those he counsels and himself, Nemoto’s work comes increasingly at the cost of his own family and health. His growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living? About a man at a crossroads, The Departure examines a delicate balance between one’s well being and sense of personal duty, as well as the importance of human connection.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Lana Wilson is an Emmy-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her first film, After Tiller (2013), premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on PBS’s POV, and won an Emmy for Best Documentary. The film received critical acclaim for its complex look inside the lives of the four most targeted abortion providers in the United States. Recently, Wilson wrote and produced the premiere episode of the National Geographic Channel miniseries, I Am Rebel. She also story produced short films for National Geographic’s Explorer, cable television’s longest running documentary series. Wilson is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. She holds a BA in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University.