Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But his 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?
immensely moving —IndieWire
Lana Wilson, Director/Producer
Lana Wilson is an Emmy-winning filmmaker. Her first film After Tiller, 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. 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). While making The Departure, she also story produced segments for National Geographic Explorer, cable television’s longest-running documentary series.