For the first time in its history, Plum Village has granted access long-term access to documentary filmmakers. Over three years, Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis have observed the lives of the monastics both inside their monastery and on their travels abroad.
Through intimate interviews and observational filming, “Walk With Me – On The Road With Thich Nhat Hanh”, offers a rare insight into monastic life and the deeply personal reasons why Thich Nhat Hanh’s monks and nuns decided to leave their families and follow in his footsteps.
Emerging from this direct observation is an immersive film composed of a collection of poetic impressions, fragmented moments and images that unfold as the four seasons come and go. Like all random moments in life, these seemingly fragmented impressions all have some intrinsic commonality in that they touch the simple ordinary presence of being here, now.
Here is Sister Dang Nghiem speaking about “the walls within”:
Whether the monastics are at home or traveling, for them the world is their monastery and so the film itself draws no distinction between time or place, and without a conventional narrative it goes nowhere but everywhere at the same time.
Like a guided meditation, the film flows from thought to non-thought, and invites you to draw your own conclusions about Buddhist practice and the monastic path whilst touching on the universal themes of love, belonging, loneliness, suffering and death relevant for not just Thich Nhat Hanh’s monks and nuns but for us all.
This film is a collaboration between the film-makers and Plum Village, and any revenue generated from this film will be shared with the Thich Nhat Hanh Legacy Foundation, helping Plum Village carry out its work well into the future.
You are invited to support this project by making a donation to contribute towards:
1. Core post-production costs: facilities rental, music, website, accountancy, banking and legal costs, and fees for directors, producers, editors and post-production staff to work at various times between now and December on rates up to 70% less than their industry rate.
2. Building the “Walk With Me” film collection – a rich resource archive of monastic interviews that will deepen one’s insights of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings.
In the US? You an make a tax-deductible donation through the Thich Nhat Hanh Legacy Foundation. Please contact us if you’d like to do this.
With a bow and a smile in gratitude.
Marc J. Francis & Max Pugh