Zenju’s Path 

Saturday October 9 | 20.15 hrs
Pathé Tuschinski | Cinema 5
In combination with Sky Dancer
+ 15 min Q&A   

USA – 30 min. -  2010

What’s Buddhism got to do with Black people anyway? Zenju’s Path a new documentary from Oakland, California explores this question through the life & work of Zenju Earthlyn Manuel one of the first African-American female Soto Zen priest in the United States. 

The film follows Zenju from her ordination at the San Francisco Zen Center to her role as lead drummer for the African-inspired group, Sistahs of the Drum while her transformation as a Buddhist priest unfolds against the backdrop of her home in the gritty, urban world of the East Bay, in Oakland.

Zenju's Path chronicles the spiritual odyssey of a remarkable woman, beginning with her family¹s devout Christian upbringing, the pain of racial bigotry and her questioning of both. It is ultimately the story of a dharma teacher who doesn’t suppress the questioning of spiritual practice and tradition: Zenju uses the drum as a tool, a wake-up call connecting all who suffer, regardless of race or gender to the Buddha’s teachings.

Directed by: Kathryn Golden
With: Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Zenkei Blanche Hartman, Sistahs of the Drum
Producer: Ashley James, Kathryn Golden
Coproducer/ Commissioning editor: Babeth M. VanLoo
Camera: Ashley James
Editing: Kathryn Golden
Sound: Lauretta Molitor
Gaffer: Lane Starling

© 2010 in coproductie van Searchlight Educational Media / BOS

 

 

 

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