With midterms and “hell weeks” approaching quickly, many could benefit from the lessons and relief the documentary “Walk With Me” offers. Directed by Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis, the film presents a view in the life and values of Thich Nhat Hanh, renowned author and teacher of the Zen Buddhist life.
The documentary begins with a chime, silencing the audience and drawing attention directly to the film.
You are welcomed by a family of monks and nuns into Plum Village, an oasis of mindfulness and meditation centered in rural France. Here everything occurs at a glacial pace — cooking, eating and even walking.
The emphasis is on everyday activities taken for granted by most and being grateful for all that life gives you — even speaking is seen as a distraction.
The film draws deeply from the day-to-day practices of those that reside at Plum Village. It immediately engages the audience at the beginning of the film as the new villagers arrive and the head shaving ceremony inducts them in as monks and nuns.