“In my life I’ve been so touched by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, it was a great honor to work on Walk With Me,” Cumberbatch said. “I have no doubt that audiences across the world will be moved by this beautifully crafted film observing the daily life of the monks and nuns who have committed their lives to the art of mindfulness.”
The new film will document the daily lives of monks and nuns who have dedicated their lives the practice of mindfulness. Cumberbatch will narrate the film, including reading portions of Thich Nhat Than’s personal journals.
“Taking our time with the film process has allowed for the chance to develop a cinematic ‘language’ capable of communicating the actual practice of a life lived differently and mindfully,” Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis, the co-directors and producers, said. “We have worked to create an immersive film to plunge the audience deep into the poetry of the present moment, a feeling so elusive in the reality of the daily grind. We are also delighted that Benedict Cumberbatch became involved in the film – his narration adds so much depth to the atmosphere and reflective tone of the film.”
Walk With Me will explore the broad themes of love, belonging, loss, hope and death, especially as they relate to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. The film captures life at Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery in France, as well as chronicles his and his monk’s and nun’s travels from Vancouver to Mississippi, New York, Washington, San Diego and London.
The film goes inside the zen monastery, where the filmmakers shot footage over a three-year period. The monastery, Plum Village monastery, is located in the Dordogne region of France. Additional footage was shot in the United States.
The 90-year-old Buddhist Zen Master, human rights activist, poet and author was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Martin Luther King Jr. The Vietnam-born master has more than 1.5m followers on social media.
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