Ease into the New Year with documentaries that are nourishing for the mind and the soul.
From a life of mindfulness in a Zen Buddhist community to silent ascetics in the South of France and an epic journey across Northern India, these three fantastic films will start off your 2018 in a thoughtful and enriching style. Plus there are a lot of monks. And Benedict Cumberbatch.
WALK WITH ME - Opens 5 January
Life moves at a more serene pace inside the secluded monastery of the pioneer of mindfulness, Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Framed with readings by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk with Me gently observes the daily routine and rituals of this monastic community in Plum Village.
INTO GREAT SILENCE - Screening 7 January, 15:45
At La Grande Chartreuse, one of the world’s most ascetic monasteries, the monks spend 18 hours each day in silence; living in silence and solitude brings them as close as possible to God. Philip Gröning’s observational masterpiece is a meditation on consciousness and absolute presence.
BECOMING WHO I WAS - Opens 12 January
After a Buddhist boy in the highlands of northern India discovers that he is the reincarnation of a centuries-old Tibetan monk, his aging godfather takes him on a journey to discover his past in an enchanting story of faith and unconditional love.