From the November 2017 issue of Lion’s Roar.
Walk with Me
A Journey Into Mindfulness featuring Thich Nhat Hanh
Directed by Marc J. Francis and Max Pugh
Speakit Films; Fall 2017; 1h 28 mins
Walk with Me begins with actor Benedict Cumberbatch narrating the words of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh: “I am often on the verge of tears or laughter. But beneath all these emotions, what else is there? How can I touch it? If there isn’t anything, why would I be so certain that there is?” This film by Marc J. Francis and Max Pugh is a look inside Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village sangha—the calm ordinariness of washing the dishes, walking in the woods, attending ordination ceremonies, and being in the present moment for it all. With sparse narration and dialogue, Walk with Me’s use of silence allows its viewers to breathe and relax along with those who have dedicated their lives to being mindful—whether it is tending the garden or writing a letter with your trusty Yoda doll propped up beside you.