Chasing Buddha

Amiel Courtin-Wilson|2022|Australia|51 min

Award-winning documentary about Australian Buddhist nun Robina Courtin by acclaimed filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson; plus 50 minutes extras from 2013 including outtakes.

Winner

Best Documentary

Sydney Film Festival
2000

Winner

Rouben Mamoulian Award

Sydney Film Festival
2000

Winner

Official Selection

Sundance Film Festival
2000
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.

A bold, powerful, multi-award-winning film from internationally acclaimed filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson, whose uncompromising films have screened at festivals including Sundance (Chasing Buddha), Cannes (Cicada, 2009) and the Venice Film Festival (Hail, 2011).

Type

Feature-length

Genre

Documentary

Directed By
Amiel Courtin-Wilson

Sydney Film Festival

Official Selection 2000

Sundance Film Festival

Official Selection 2000

Winner

Best Documentary

Sydney Film Festival
2000

Winner

Rouben Mamoulian Award

Sydney Film Festival
2000

Winner

Official Selection

Sundance Film Festival
2000

Winner

Official Selection

Brisbane Film Festival
2000
Cast and Crew
Writer, Director, Producer
Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Producer
Julie Stone
Cinematography, Co-Producer
Vincent Heimann
Editor
Bill Murphy
Associate Producer
Andrew de Groot
Associate Producer
Lynn-Maree Milburn
Original Music
Dorian Jones
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