My Soul Drifts Light Upon A Sea Of Trees Documentary film, 2018, 93 min.

Zen priest Ittetsu Nemoto lost an uncle and two friends to suicide. It left him with deep emotional scars, and he decided to start an online support group for people with suicidal thoughts. Nowadays, he receives them in person at his temple. The priest’s holistic approach—incorporating singing, dancing, meditation and walking in the bamboo garden—seems to have a therapeutic effect. Despite the taboos surrounding suicide in Japan, his visitors speak candidly about what was going on in their lives that made them long for death so intensely. Their harrowing stories are only bearable because we can see that for a large part they’ve managed to get their lives back on track—thanks to the inspirational and broadminded priest Nemoto. Kana spent many self-destructive years in the sex industry, and she now works as a self-employed masseur. Each painful story paints an intriguing picture of what life on the edge can look like. Together, the portraits form a quiet plea for a broader view on the treatment of suicidal behavior.

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NL - Amsterdam International Docu Film Festival IDFA selection

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  1.  Klink Audio Postproduction
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    Paul Gies
    34 awards  US - Oscar nomination  DE -  Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear Award  EU - European Film Award  NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf

    Marc Lizier
    34 awards  NL - Amsterdam International Docu Film Festival  IDFA selection  US - Oscar nomination  DE -  Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear Award  EU - European Film Award

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  1.  Amstelfilm
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    Krijn Meerburg
    2 awards  NL - NFF Golden Film (100,000 visitors feature film)

    Michiel Berkel

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