Walk With Me – Film

Showing at The Savoy Cinema, Monmouth on Thursday 14 May at 7.30pm

A community of Zen Buddhist monks and nuns have given up all their possessions and dedicated their lives to mastering the art of mindfulness with their renowned teacher Thich Nhat Hanh at the secluded Plum Village monastery outside France’s Bordeaux region. Nhat Hanh, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, established the retreat, which welcomes families as well as individuals, in 1982. This contemplative documentary, narrated by longstanding devotee Benedict Cumberbatch, was filmed with unprecedented access over the course of three years and includes moments of exquisite imagery and startling coincidence.

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Showing at The Savoy Cinema, Monmouth on Thursday 14 May at 7.30pm

“Slow down and breathe. This contemplative journey follows in the steps of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a rare insight into life within a monastic community. The sun rises. Everything is calm and still. Life is beautifully serene as Benedict Cumberbatch’s composed, meditative voice reads an extract from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals. So begins Max Pugh and Marc J Francis’ (Black Gold, LFF2006) fascinating and immersive exploration of what it means to devote one’s life to mindfulness. With unprecedented access to the famous secluded monastery of Plum Village in the South West of France, Walk With Me captures the daily routine and rituals of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence. It is an insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things – a welcome remedy to the stresses of city life and a world in turmoil.”

Laure Bonville, London Film Festival