Japan / United States 2022, 97 min, English and Japanese, Hebrew & English subtitles

Where can a young Saudi man who grew up in Ireland and lives in Los Angeles find answers to the questions that trouble him? Why, Japan, of course. More specifically, a Buddhist monastery where monks undergo extreme, life-threatening tests of physical endurance in their pursuit of enlightenment. The filmmaker, Ahsen Nadeem, is himself on a quest for a kind of enlightenment, or at least a way to stop leading a double life. His devout parents wish he would find a nice Muslim girl, and know nothing about his White American girlfriend. The secretive monastic sect is not welcoming, but Nadeem insists. On his journey, he becomes friends with an unorthodox monk who loves heavy metal, desserts, and gadgets, and the two help each other find a path that reconciles faith, family duties, and love.

Previous Festivals: SXSW Film Festival

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Screening Schedule:
  • Mon 30.05 | 12:15 | Cinematheque 4 | Filmmaker Present
  • Tue 31.05 | 21:15 | Cinematheque 3 | Filmmaker Present
  • Fri 03.06 | 18:45 | Cinematheque 3
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Writer, director and producer, Ahsen Nadeem, was born in Saudi Arabia and immigrated first to Ireland and eventually to the United States. He’s collaborated on a wide range of projects including producing projects with Ari Aster (dir.
Hereditary) and John Patton Ford (dir. Emily The Criminal). His non-fiction work has appeared in the New York Times and his
commercial work includes brands such as Mercedes, Opening Ceremony and Kenzo.
Crows are White is his first feature film.

Production: Riel Roch Decter, Sebastian Pardo, Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, Ben Renzo
Script: Ahsen Nadeem, Matt H. Mayes, Dawn Light Blackman
Editing: Kimberley Hassett, Matt H. Mayes
Cinematography: Matthew Nauser
Sound Design: Nathan Ruyle
Music: Logan Nelson

Source: MEMORY

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