International Buddhist Film Festival Showcase 2013

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$8 - $10
Arts, Movies


To celebrate the tenth anniversary season of the International Buddhist Film Festival, we present four new films from or about Japan.

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Mar 9, 2013 2:00pm
Screening Room
By Neil Cantwell and Tim Grabham
Co-director Neil Cantwell Invited

A mysterious and engaging journey through sound, song, story, ritual, performance, nature, tradition and Japanese Buddhism. A fearless merging of medieval and modern, beautifully filmed with a variety of cinematic techniques on location in Japan. “Kanzeon” is another way of saying Kannon (Chinese: Kuanyin), the embodiment of compassion, and can also be written in Japanese as “to see sounds.” (2011, 86 min, digital)


The Mourning Forest (Mogari no Mori)
Mar 9, 2013 4:00pm
Screening Room
By Naomi Kawase
Set in tea country near Kyoto, Japan, this is a masterful meditation on loss and love and happiness...on what it is to be alive. It is intimately directed by prolific artist/filmmaker Naomi Kawase with astonishing, vivid, nearly wordless performances. And the bright Buddhist priest doesn't get the last word. As a character in the film is fond of saying, "There are no formal rules." Winner of the Grand Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. (2007, 97 min, digital)


Olo, The Boy From Tibet
Mar 10, 2013 2:00pm
Screening Room
By Hisaya Iwasa
US Premiere

Six-year-old Olo is sent away from Tibet to India by his mother so he can get an education. Now a student at the famed Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala (founded by Jetsun Pema, sister of the Dalai Lama), he has to make his way in a world quite different from his own. Director Hisaya Iwasa takes a creative and intimate approach to telling this true story. (2012, 108 min, digital)


Tokyo Waka
Mar 10, 2013 4:00pm
Screening Room
By John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
Directors John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson In Person

A poem in images: stillness, patterns, urban motion. And words: a tofu seller, a homeless woman, a Buddhist priest—all contemplating nature, the metabolism of the city, mortality. And 20,000 crows (waka), unruly avatars of the natural world, sardonically observe it all. This film explores the uneasy relationship between the people of Tokyo and its huge population of crows, and touches on nature, art, and culture in the most modern city in Japan. (2011, 63 min, digital)


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Screening Room
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
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  1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Screening Room
    701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA