“Walk With Me” Documentary Premieres in Texas

Last month, seven Plum Village monastics supported the launch of the world premiere of “Walk With Me“, the new documentary on Thich Nhat Hanh’s community, at SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas.

From 11-15th March, they held a series of mindfulness and meditation sessions for festival-goers, including mindful walking, sunset meditation, and a sitting flashmob.

The documentary features monastics from North America, Europe and Vietnam. Br Phap Huu (second from right), Brother Phap Linh (left) and Sister Peace (center) all feature in the movie.

The director and monastics introduced the film and shared about the unusual process of filming in a monastic setting over three years.

The audience participated in a meditative experience from the beginning of the event. The monastics invited a sound of the bell for everyone to breathe mindfully. The cinema was transformed into a meditation hall.

 

The film has received many excellent reviews, even from critics with no experience of mindfulness or Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings.

The Hollywood Reporter‘Heartfelt […] Sublime’

Alejandro G. Inarritu (in Variety) “silent and pure,” / “I loved how [the filmmakers] capture and convey, cinematically, the sometimes inexplicable state of being awakened. It gives a hint of that quiet voice so underrated today and ironically so needed in this time of fear and ignorance.”

Roger Ebert: ‘One of the most calming documentaries you’re likely to ever see’ ‘a thoroughly meditative piece of cinema’ / ‘endless poetry’ ‘a unique documentary spectacle, [which] explores the power of silence and clarity’

 

Officially, all promotion of movies was prohibited. But once the security staff realized that the monastics were “real monks” they were allowed to just sit there, breathing mindfully in silence for half an hour as people rushed by.

The walking and sitting meditations were live streamed on Facebook.

In fact, one of the film-makers, Max Pugh is the brother of Plum Village monk, Br. Phap Linh.

The energy of Thich Nhat Hanh was present in the footsteps of his disciples.

All the diverse strands of the Plum Village community – including Wake Up, Order of Interbeing members and local sangha, as well as family – shared the joy at the festival.

 

For more information about the Walk With Me film, and to find out when a screening is coming to a cinema near in the Fall, please visit the Walk With Me Facebook page.

Just a simple monk!

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6 comments on ““Walk With Me” Documentary Premieres in Texas
  1. charlie says:

    can we get a dvd, we are in Cascabel, AZ far from the madding city

    ( I am a Vietnam Veteran, Quaker follower of the writings and teachings of Thay, …) tiep tuc hien nay …

    chien tranh khong lanh manh cho tre con va lai sinh vien khach

  2. Mindfully Yours says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,

    It has been 4 months since your last update on the health of our beloved Thay.

    We are awaiting eagerly to your update.

    Lotus to dear one.

  3. Annabelle Zinser says:

    Dear friends,

    How can we get to the film for our Berlin center “Quelle des Mitgefühls”, Heidenheimerstr. 27, 13467 Berlin?

    a Lotos for you
    Annabelle Zinser, True Fragrance of the Mindfulness Trainings, Berlin

  4. Sarah says:

    Hi.

    Yes, I live in London. Will we get a chance to see the film?

    And if so when…..if not now…..when……

    Thanks….ss

    • We hope that the film will be shown in London & the UK from October. Please “like” (follow) the “Walk With Me” Facebook page for more info and announcements of release dates: facebook.com/walkwithmefilm

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