Directed by Lana Wilson
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 87 Minutes World Premiere
Lana Wilson follows up her award-winning documentary After Tiller with this lyrical, intimate character study of the complex figure Ittetsu Nemoto, an aimless and rebellious former punk rocker-turned-Buddhist priest. Most famously, he is renowned in Japan for saving the lives of countless suicidal men and women through his wise and compassionate counsel. But Nemoto is now approaching middle-age with a wife and young boy of his own, when he learns his life is at risk from heart disease, compounded by the heavy emotional workload of supporting those who no longer want to live. When saving others takes such a toll, can he find the resiliency to save himself? The Departure is an intimate portrait of one quietly extraordinary man who has helped so many learn to live, and now must find the strength to learn from his own advice.

—Cara Cusumano
Female Director(s), Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
Lana Wilson is an Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her first film, After Tiller, premiered at Sundance in 2013, and went on to win an Emmy® for Best Documentary. Oscilloscope Laboratories gave the film a 50-city theatrical release, and it was nationally broadcast on PBS’s POV.

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    Documentary Competition
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    87 minutes
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Cast & Credits
  • Executive Producer:
    Lilly Hartley, Mike Lerner, Diane L. Max, Regina K. Scully, Jeffrey Tarrant, Sally Jo Fifer
  • Cinematographer:
    Emily Topper
  • Co-Executive Producer:
    Claire Silberman
  • Director:
    Lana Wilson
  • Producer:
    Lana Wilson
  • Editor:
    David Teague
  • Co-Producer:
    Eri Yokoyama
  • Associate Producer:
    Laura Vigilante
  • Field Producers:
    Mai Morikawa, Ariya Sasaki, Nao Abe

  • Press Contact
    Susan Norget
    Susan Norget Film Promotion
    New York, NY 10010/NY
    Phone: 212 431 0090
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    Ana Vicente
  • US Sales Contact
    Anna Godas
    London, EC1V 3QN
    Phone: 207 253 6244
  • Print Source
    Luke Brawley
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