The trailer for Walk With Me — “a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness… and Thich Nhat Hanh,” narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch — has been released.
When the film was announced, Cumberbatch, who identifies philosophically as a Buddhist, said “In my life I’ve been so touched by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, it was a great honor to work on Walk With Me. I have no doubt that audiences across the world will be moved by this beautifully crafted film observing the daily life of the monks and nuns who have committed their lives to the art of mindfulness.”
Cumberbatch reads from Thich Nhat Hanh’s journals in the documentary, while the film explores monastic life. Said the filmmakers, “We have worked to create an immersive film to plunge the audience deep into the poetry of the present moment… We are also delighted that Benedict Cumberbatch became involved in the film — his narration adds so much depth to the atmosphere and reflective tone of the film.”
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most influential Buddhist teachers alive, and has influenced prominent figures such as U.N.C.C.C executive secretary Christiana Figueres, late comedian Garry Shandling, and the Oscar-winning Birdman and The Revenant director, Alejandro Iñárritu.
About the new documentary, Iñárritu said it is “a moving and wonderful film that captures the essence, depth and the poetry of Thich Nhat Hanh — a great work full of love.”
In Lion’s Roar‘s feature profile, Cumberbatch explained how he came to know about Buddhism while staying at a monastery in Nepal, and how meditation informs his acting. “When you’ve been that still and contemplative, your sensory awareness is heightened and more sharply focused,” said the actor. “Stillness is an essential part of acting.”