CHASING BUDDHA

(2000)  

 

Feature Documentary 

Writer / Director / Producer: Amiel Courtin-Wilson

Producer: Julie Stone, Vincent Heimann

Sound Recordist: Amiel Courtin-Wilson 

Cinematographer: Vincent Heimann

Editor: Bill Murphy 

Music by Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Glen Gould, Dorian Jones 

 

 

SYNOPSIS 

Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist and feminist, Robina Courtin has been a Buddhist nun since 1978. Teaching Buddhism around the world, she shatters the stereotype of a Buddhist nun, her intense and direct style leaving an indelible impression on everyone she meets.

In the heart of America’s bible belt, Robina visits Kentucky State Penitentiary, guiding death row inmates and others on the path to enlightenment. Determined to harness their minds and deal with their violent crimes, they inspire Robina to work even harder at her own rigorous spiritual practice.

 

 

'' In his inspired first documentary, Chasing Buddha, Courtin-Wilson provides an intimate portrait of a unique individual whose own search for inner peace helps guide others to transcend their arduous circumstances. '' 

- Rebecca Yeldham, Sundance Film Festival

 

'' Chasing Buddha is the portrait of a Buddhist nun, Robina Courtin: strong, aggressive and revered. A bundle of contradictions, a violater of expectations, someone with a robust and confrontational view of what it is to lead a spiritual life. '' 

- Philippa Hawker, The Age

 

Official Selection Sundance International Film Festival 2000

WINNER Rouben Mamoulian Award Sydney Film Festival 2000

WINNER Dendy Award Best Documentary Sydney Film Festival 2000

WINNER Best Documentary Australian If Awards 2000

Nominated Best Director AFI Awards 2000

Nominated Best Documentary Critics Circle Of Australia 2001

Gallery Of NSW- Asia Pacific Documentary Focus Screenings

Official Selection Singapore International Film Festival