This film follows Buddhist priests through the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters in Japan.
Tim Graf and Jakob Montrasio had originally planned to make a film about Zen Buddhism. This classroom edition is focused on Buddhist responses to 3.11 in Japan. It has been reviewed and edited to meet the demands of educators.
Language: English & Japanese
Runtime: ca. 63 minutes (60 minutes before credits)
Color, Stereo, PAL
This film has screened at: The American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting 2012; The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference 2014 (AAS Film Club); Bridgewater State University; Carleton College; Chion-in (Head temple of Pure Land Buddhism (Jôdo-shû) in Japan); Duke University; Florida International University; Heidelberg University; McMaster University; Smith College; The Japan Foundation Toronto; Tohoku University; University of Auckland; University of Göttingen (DVRW); University of Iowa; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Singapore; University of Otago; University of Tokyo (The Japan Religion Coordination Project for Disaster Relief (JRPD)); University of Washington-Tacoma; Vanderbilt University; Western Michigan University; and at Williams College, among others.
Souls of Zen, the 89 minute feature documentary has screened at:
ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL 2012
WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL 2012
THIS BUDDHIST FILM FESTIVAL 2012
FILM FESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PREIS 2013