23rd of June
Auditorium Casino Espinho
Crows are white | Ahsen Nadeem | IRL, JAP, USA | 97'
For over a thousand years, a secretive Buddhist sect has lived in an isolated monastery in Japan performing acts of extreme physical endurance in their pursuit of enlightenment. A filmmaker, struggling to reconcile his desires with his faith, sets off to the strict monastery in search of answers. Upon his arrival, his presence is not welcomed and the only monk who will speak with him is an outcast who prefers ice cream and Slayer to meditation. Together they forge an unlikely friendship that leads them to higher truths and occasionally, a little trouble. Shot over five years on three continents, CROWS ARE WHITE is an exploration of truth, faith and love, from the top of a mountain to the bottom of a sundae.
Ahsen Nadeem’s first feature length film is a meditative personal journey like no other, and has been trailing an impressive path since it premiered at the last edition of South by Southwest, having won several awards along the way, including the Audience Award at Zagreb Dox.