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MY SOUL DRIFTS LIGHT UPON A SEA OF TREES

Sat 25 Sep | 4.15pm

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The Netherlands and Japan | 2018 | 93 min | PG 13: Some Mature Content

Japanese with English subtitles

Directed by Heinrich Dahms

Zen Buddhist Itettsu Nemoto has spent most of his adult life offering support for individuals struggling with depression and suicidal behaviour. Operating from a small Zen temple in the mountains of the Gifu Prefecture, Japan, where he holds regular Buddhist retreats, he has helped hundreds of individuals rediscover the beauty of life after years in the darkness of limbo. This is the story of Itettsu Nemoto and three people who found life after limbo.

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DIRECTOR’S BIO

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Heinrich Dahms was born in South Africa in 1954 and graduated with a BA Honours in Political Philosophy and Film. He has written, directed and produced numerous commercials, documentaries, TV dramas and five fiction films since 1980, including two award-winning Dutch language fiction films, Overleven (NL 2007) and Schoft (NL 2009) and a long documentary, Between The Devil And The Deep (released in 2015 and broadcast in 2016). MY SOUL DRIFTS LIGHT UPON A SEA OF TREES is his second long documentary.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

In the summer of 2013, I read a story about Ittetsu Nemoto; a man who, although only trained to guide departed souls into the hereafter, also took upon himself the harrowing task of keeping despairing souls tethered to their ‘mortal coil’. I found his story deeply inspiring. I studied psychology, philosophy and film and developed an interest in Oriental spirituality during my university years that’s still expressed today in the daily practice of Zen meditation and Tai Chi Chuan. I’m interested in contemporary socio-political trends, especially when it comes to the psychological impact of social developments on the individual psyche: What makes an individual withdraw from society (loneliness/alienation) and what kind of existential despair drives a person to take his own life? I believe that a well-developed human spirit can help each individual overcome a great deal of hardship and despair in finding personal meaning in life. All of this is represented in the inspiring character of the Buddhist priest, Ittetsu Nemoto.

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