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?
A film by Lana Wilson
LANA WILSON (Director/Producer) is an Emmy-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her first film, After Tiller, went inside the lives of the four most-targeted abortion providers in the country and was critically acclaimed for providing a moving and complex look at one of the most incendiary issues of our time. After Tiller, which was co-directed by Martha Shane, premiered at Sundance in 2013 and was theatrically released by Oscilloscope in 50 U.S. cities. It was nationally broadcast on PBS’s POV and won a 2015 Emmy Award for Best Documentary. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, four Cinema Eye Honors, a Satellite Award, and the Ridenhour Prize.
Recently, Wilson wrote and produced “Jacked,” the premiere episode of the National Geographic Channel miniseries I Am Rebel, executive-produced by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and Matt Wolf (Teenage). “Jacked” is about Louis Moore, who hijacked a plane in 1972 to seek revenge on the City of Detroit for police brutality. While making The Departure, she also story produced segments for National Geographic Explorer, cable television’s longest-running documentary series. Wilson was previously the Film and Dance Curator for Performa, the New York biennial of new visual art performance, where she curated retrospectives including Not Funny: Stand-Up Comedy and Visual Art, Futurism on Film, and Dance After Choreography. Wilson has taught master classes and workshops at UnionDocs and DCTV, and given lectures at a range of contemporary art and film institutions. She holds a B.A. in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University.