Jury Award ~ Best Documentary Feature
Tribeca Film Festival
Wilson's film, a quiet wonder, emphasizes the courage it takes to choose the hard work of living.
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The Departure

Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between those he counsels and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?

The second documentary by award-winning director Lana Wilson (
After Tiller), The Departure is a poetic and deeply moving film that contemplates death as a way of better understanding how we should live.

"In its poetic portrait of a man whose quest to help others has cost him dearly both emotionally and physically, The Departure proves quietly profound." (Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter)

Played at

Monica Film Center, 10.20.17 - 10.26.17
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 87 min
Language: Japanese

Director: Lana Wilson

  • Nominee, Jury Award ~ Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Kate Erbland, Indiewire
Emmy-winning filmmaker Lana Wilson knows a thing or two about illuminating embattled professions through the movies, as her 2013 breakout “After Tiller” (which she co-directed with Martha Shane) brought a keen, careful eye to the work of a small group of abortion doctors....