Documentary about famed Vietnamese Buddhist monk to hit local screens

“Walk With Me”, a documentary about the world renowned Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, is set to be released in Vietnam on March 2. The meditative film, shot over three years by film-makers Marc J Francis and Max Pugh, offers a cinematic journey into the world of a monastic community that practices the art of mindfulness with Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh. With unprecedented access, the film is “a meditative and intimate insight into a community of Buddhist monks and nuns who have given up all their possessions, left their homes and parted with their life savings for one common purpose – to practice of the art of mindfulness and the teachings” of Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, according to the official website of the documentary. Directors Francis and Pugh followed the 91-year-old Vietnamese teacher into the depths of winter in a monastery in France, then traveled to Europe and North America; from Vancouver to Mississippi, New York Washington, San Diego and London. The Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award winner Benedict Cumberbatch, reciting Hanh’s writings from his journal, provides voice-over throughout the film. Since its premiere in Germany last September, “Walk With Me” has received critical acclaim for being a calming light in the current chaotic world. Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times praised the over-one-hour-and-a-half documentary for being “cooling to the mind and soothing to the spirit”, which “offers a tiny oasis of relief to anyone overheated by current events.” Peter Bradshaw wrote in The Guardian in January that… [Read full story]

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