NYZ: Screening of “End of Life”
October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
On Friday, Oct. 25th, we will be screening End of Life, co-directed by sangha member Daishin Pawel Wojtasik.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Zazen from 7 – 7:40pm. Film screening begins at 8pm, followed by a Q&A with the film’s two directors and one of its subjects.
About End of Life:
“End of Life is the product of four years spent by John Bruce and Paweł Wojtasik with five individuals at various stages in the process of dying. In preparation for this project, the filmmakers trained to be end-of-life doulas and documented hundreds of hours of interactions with their subjects. The Doula works with the dying person, along with those surrounding him or her, to help design, guide and support their wishes for whatever a “good death” might mean for them. The film employs an immersive, participatory approach intended as an invitation for viewers to explore their body, their senses, and their ability to be present in relation to their own mortality. Bruce and Wojtasik became increasingly interested in visceral, primal responses to mortality, and during their shooting process these responses became their own. There is an openness, even a certain willed ambivalence, to this approach that reflects the unique quality of life in its final phase, when the mundane and the significant seem to flow seamlessly, one into the other. The two Greek words differentiating time – chronos (clock time) and kairos (the supreme moment), reflect the durational form of the film – the disruption of sequential logics at the end of life and the emergence of temporal poetics.”
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