Past Film/Video | Documentaries

Zen for Nothing

(Werner Penzel, 2016)

This portrait of a Japanese Zen monastery follows a novice as she arrives and begins to navigate the new rules and rituals that will govern her life there: how to bow, sit in the meditation hall, and carry out movements with chopsticks. But there’s more than just meditation, farming, and maintenance—there are picnics, music, and Wi-Fi as well. Blissfully simple and beautifully filmed, Zen for Nothing also features an eclectic and elegant score by Fred Frith. (100 mins., DCP)

Please note: special event parking ($5) is available in Ohio Union South Garage for these screenings. Please allow extra time for travel and parking.

Zen for Nothing

Zen for Nothing, image courtesy of Zeitgeist Pictures

Zen for Nothing

Zen for Nothing, image courtesy of Zeitgeist Pictures

Zen for Nothing

Zen for Nothing, image courtesy of Zeitgeist Pictures

Zen for Nothing

Zen for Nothing, image courtesy of Zeitgeist Pictures

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Zen for Nothing