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Buddhist Film Foundation & YBCA present
International Buddhist Film Festival Showcase 2013
March 09, 2013 - March 10, 2013
Screening Room


International Buddhist Film Festival Showcase 2013
10th Anniversary Season
Sat, Mar 9  •  2 & 4 pm
Sun, Mar 10  •  2 & 4 pm
Screening Room
Admission per screening: $10 Regular / $8 YBCA members students, seniors, teachers
Four-film pass: $25 Regular / $20 YBCA members Get film pass tickets

Presented by Buddhist Film Foundation and YBCA

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

The Berkeley-based Buddhist Film Foundation is the world’s leading resource for Buddhist-themed and Buddhist-inspired cinema, serving audiences, educators and filmmakers. Visit

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  • KanZeOn
    Mar 9, 2013 1:00pm
    Screening Room

    By Neil Cantwell and Tim Grabham
    Co-director Neil Cantwell in person

    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 3:00pm
    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 1:00pm
    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 3:00pm
    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)

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