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Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre
presents the 16th Annual
Waterloo Buddhist Film Festival
Saturday, October 26, 3:30-9 p.m.
Doors open at 3 p.m.
122 Frederick St., Kitchener ON



Shot by more than 40 filmmaking teams around the world, Sacred immerses the viewer in the daily use of faith and spiritual practice. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film explores faith as primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. The film’s director, Academy Award winner Thomas Lennon, commissioned or sourced footage from top independent filmmakers from more than 25 countries - and a wide range of religious traditions - each team contributing a single scene. The film, sweeping in its global reach, yet intensely intimate, is a tour de force that unifies these scenes into a single work, told without narration, without experts and, for long stretches, without words at all.

Showtime: 3:30 p.m.
2017, 84 Min.

Director: Thomas Lennon

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The Way Out

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh proposes a revolutionary approach to tackle Planet Earth's climate change crisis. “The way out is in,” he states. “The way out of climate change is inside each of us.” His invitation is to stop: to stop running and to take a good look at what is really going on; to what our visions are, on which we base our behaviour, how our thought patterns and our emotions work, and why we are climatologically in trouble. In silence we can better understand ourselves and the earth. The Way Out follows two young people - a Brazilian banker and a British activist - during stressful periods in their lives. Will they be able to save the earth – beginning with(in) themselves?


Showtime: 5:30 p.m.
2018, 60 Min.
Director: Wouter Verhoeven
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The Departure

Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between his patients and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?
This second documentary by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Lana Wilson, The Departure is a poetic and deeply moving film that contemplates death as a way of  better understanding how we should live.

Showtime: 7:30 p.m.

2017, 87 Min.
Director: Lana Wilson
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Includes a Vegetarian Dinner Catered by Cafe Pyrus

Served at 6:30 p.m.

Adult Tickets: $55 at the door.

 Student Tickets:  $40 at the door.